O Pecado da Carne: neomaterialismo e a (re)descoberta do corpo

35 | 2017

Caynnã de Camargo Santos

Faculdade de Economia da Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal

The Sin of the Flesh: new materialism and the (re)discovery of the body

This article aims to present the conceptual basis of the so -called new materialism in the context of the debates concerning gender relations and sexual difference. I pursue this goal through a close reading of the main formulations of the feminist theorist Karen Barad, one of the leading voices linked to the «material turn» underway in feminist theory and practice. My focus is, namely, on the fundamental aspects of Barad’s proposal of «agential realism», which underpins her account of «post­‑humanist performativity». After that, I seek to outline some spots of tension between the theoretical perspectives of Karen Barad and Judith Butler, in order to highlight the different approaches of the sexed body by Queer and new materialist theorists.


New Materialism, Body, Agency, Karen Barad, Intra­‑action

DOI: https://doi.org/10.22355/exaequo.2017.35.09
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