(1930 - living) France
Feminist, psychoanalist and philosopher
She was born in Belgium, but her writings have been enormously influential in feminist circles in the USA, the UK, and Italy. Like several other whomen theorist residing in France, Irigaray has been very much involved in the devlopment of the analysis of the relationship between language and gender.
From a lesbian perspective Irigaray's celebration of the multiple sexual and sensual opportunities the female body offers for its own pleasure and that of other women provided a welcome shift from the Freudian notion of woman as lack and inadequate. Irigaray is director of research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.
Source: excerpts from: Gabriele Griffin, Who's Who in Lesbian and Gay and Writing, Routledge, London, 2002
Her work include:
- Ce sexe qui n'est pas un (This sex Which Is Not One, 1985)
- Je, tu, nous (Je, tu nous: Toward a Culture of Difference, 1987)
- Elemental Passions (1992)
- Why Different? Collected Interviews (1999)
- Democracy Begins between Two (2001)
- Daily Prayers (2002)