Feminism and the Early Frankfurt School


The early Frankfurt School and feminism can and should inform each other. This volume presents an original collection of scholarship bringing together scholars of the Frankfurt School and feminist scholars. Essays included in the volume explore ideas from the early Frankfurt School that were explicitly focused on sex, gender, and sexuality, and bring ideas from the early Frankfurt School into productive dialogue with historical and contemporary feminist theory. Ranging across philosophy, sociology, gender and sexuality studies, science studies, and cultural studies, the essays investigate heteropatriarchy, essentialism, identity, intersectional feminism, and liberation. Set against an alarming context of growing gender and related forms of authoritarianism, this timely volume demonstrates the necessity of thinking these powerhouse approaches together in a united front.

Contributors are: Cristian Arão, Karyn Ball, Nathalia N. Barroso, Mary Andrea Caputi, Sergio Bedoya Cortés, Jennifer L. Eagan, Lea Gekle, Imaculada Kangussu, Kristin Lawler, Jana McAuliffe, Mario Mikhail, Ryan Moore, Rafaela Pannain, Simon Reiners, Frida Sandström, Caio Vasconcellos, Tivadar Vervoort, Nicole Yokum, and Lambert Zuidervaart.

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Christine A. Payne, Ph.D. (2018) University of California, San Diego, is Instructor of Women’s Studies and STS at San Diego State University and Instructor of Sociology at University of California, San Diego. She is co-editor of Nietzsche and Critical Social Theory: Affirmation, Animosity, and Ambiguity (Brill, 2020).

Jeremiah Morelock, Ph.D. (2019) is an Instructor of Sociology at Woods College of Advancing Studies, Boston College. He is editor of Critical Theory and Authoritarian Populism (UWP, 2018) and How to Critique Authoritarian Populism: Methodologies of the Frankfurt School (Brill, 2021). He is author of Pandemics, Authoritarian Populism, and Science Fiction: Medicine, Military, and Morality in American Film (Routledge, 2021) and co-author of The Society of the Selfie: Social Media and the Crisis of Liberal Democracy (UWP, 2021).


Notes on Contributors

Part 1
Culture and Class: The Libidinal Politics of Authoritarianism
1 Sex, Hope, and Rock and Roll Radical Feminism and the Freudian Left
  Kristin Lawler

2 Fascism and the Patriarchal Family The Studies of Authoritarianism at the Institute for Social Research
  Ryan Moore

3 Family and Authoritarianism
  Caio Vasconcellos and Rafaela N. Pannain

4 Rethinking “Toxic” Sovereignty? Horkheimer and Adorno’s “Second Nature” between Nietzsche’s “Bad Conscience” and Freud’s “Death Drive”
  Karyn Ball

Part 2
Power, Truth, and (Non)Identity
5 Marcuse’s “Feminine Principle” and Non-binary Subversions
  Mary Caputi

6 Towards a Critical Identity Politics Butler, Adorno, and the Force of Non-identity
  Tivadar Vervoort

7 Adorno, Foucault, and Feminist Theory The Politics of Truth
  Lambert Zuidervaart

8 The Disintegration of Autonomy Jill Johnston’s Anti-criticism
  Frida Sandström

Part 3
Intersectional Investigations
9 Historical Traumas in the Critiques of Theodor Adorno and Joy James
  Jana McAuliffe

10 Beyond One-Dimensional Theory and Praxis A Marcusean Alliance with Black Feminism
  Nicole Yokum

11 Herbert Marcuse and Intersectional (Marxist) Feminism
  Sergio Bedoya Cortés

12 Rethinking Astrology as Feminist Re-enchantment A Reading of Adorno’s “The Stars Down to Earth”
  Jennifer L. Eagan

Part 4
Socialized Nature: Essential Categorical Questions in Science
13 Negative Dialectics and the Force of Matter Theodor W. Adorno and Karen Barad towards a New-Material Feminism for Thinking Contemporary Crises
  Simon Reiners

14 Theorizing beyond the Man The Frankfurt School and Post-humanist Feminism
  Mario Mikhail

15 The New Man Is a Woman Marcuse and the Question of the New Anthropology
  Cristian Arão

16 Reification and Forgetting Thinking the Domination of Nature and of Women with and against Adorno
  Lea Gekle

17 About Mules, Divas, and Other Specifically Feminine Characteristics
  Imaculada Kangussu and Nathalia N. Barroso


This book will especially interest specialists in Frankfurt School Critical Theory; Sex, Gender, and Sexuality Studies scholars; Social Science and Humanities graduate and post-graduate students and scholars.
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