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Theorising the Maternal

The Life of Metis: Cunning Maternal Interventions

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Amber Jacobs

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Amber Jacobs is a lecturer in psychosocial studies at Birkbeck University of London and author of On Matricide: Myth, Psychoanalysis and the Law of the Mother (Columbia University New York, 2008).
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Abstract

This paper charts the different and co-existent uses of the Greek myth and concept of Metis for feminist philosophy. I show how the move from using the myth of Metis to an engagement with the marginalised ancient Greek concept of cunning intelligence (metis) is significant in addressing problems of agency and political action in contemporary feminist debates. The paper addresses the concept of metis cunning intelligence in relation to the maternal and argues for a theory of metis charcterised by a double action, and finally links this approach to recent ideas in Deleuzian feminist theory.
DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/sim.93
How to Cite: Jacobs, A., (2010). The Life of Metis: Cunning Maternal Interventions. Studies in the Maternal. 2(1), pp.1–12. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16995/sim.93
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Published on 01 Jan 2010.
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