Fiction as Philosophy: Reading the Work of Christine de Pizan and Luce Irigaray to Write a Hermeneutics of Socially Transformative Fiction-mediated Philosophy

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10756/294240
Title:
Fiction as Philosophy: Reading the Work of Christine de Pizan and Luce Irigaray to Write a Hermeneutics of Socially Transformative Fiction-mediated Philosophy
Authors:
Carr, Allyson Ann
Abstract:
This dissertation proposes to examine the work of scholars Christine de Pizan and Luce Irigaray in order to develop the possibilities of fiction in philosophy for the purposes of social transformation. Using four of her major narrative texts (The Mutacion of Fortune, the City of Ladies, the Path of Long Study and the Vision) I show how Christine employs the complex array of hermeneutical tools available to her in fictionalized ways as a means of training her readers into re-writing their understanding of themselves and their contexts. Alongside such re-writings, I show that she understands herself to have a particular vocation for educating the powers of France towards ethical action in their governance, and that she does so in these works in the form of philosophically oriented fictionalizations. I use the work of Luce Irigaray to explore a philosopher from the twentieth and twenty-first century who uses narrative and hermeneutical tools that bear a family resemblance to Christine's. Tracing Irigaray's formulations on the necessity of sexual difference I show how she re-tells stories from myth and history in such a way as to develop the sexual difference she desires. Finally, having engaged with these two philosophers, I use the hermeneutical work of Hans-Georg Gadamer to present my own work on how well-crafted fiction can be used to build philosophical concepts and understandings that are not yet available in our world, but which become available to us through our participation in the new fictionalized contexts and fictional worlds we create. I show how it is through understanding the possibilities this kind of philosophical and fictionalized utopic thinking holds that social transformation rooted in the world-building capabilities of individual persons can occur.
Advisors:
Sweetman, Robert
Affiliation:
Institute for Christian Studies
Publisher:
Institute for Christian Studies
Issue Date:
Jun-2011
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10756/294240
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Keywords:
Philosophy; Literature; Fiction; Christine, de Pisan, ca. 1364-ca. 1431; Irigaray, Luce; Gadamer, Hans Georg, 1900-2002; Feminist philosophy
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This Work has been made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws of Canada without the written authority from the copyright owner.
Degree Title:
Ph.D., Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto
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dc.contributor.advisorSweetman, Roberten_GB
dc.contributor.authorCarr, Allyson Annen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-06-19T18:23:59Zen
dc.date.available2013-06-19T18:23:59Zen
dc.date.issued2011-06en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10756/294240en
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation proposes to examine the work of scholars Christine de Pizan and Luce Irigaray in order to develop the possibilities of fiction in philosophy for the purposes of social transformation. Using four of her major narrative texts (The Mutacion of Fortune, the City of Ladies, the Path of Long Study and the Vision) I show how Christine employs the complex array of hermeneutical tools available to her in fictionalized ways as a means of training her readers into re-writing their understanding of themselves and their contexts. Alongside such re-writings, I show that she understands herself to have a particular vocation for educating the powers of France towards ethical action in their governance, and that she does so in these works in the form of philosophically oriented fictionalizations. I use the work of Luce Irigaray to explore a philosopher from the twentieth and twenty-first century who uses narrative and hermeneutical tools that bear a family resemblance to Christine's. Tracing Irigaray's formulations on the necessity of sexual difference I show how she re-tells stories from myth and history in such a way as to develop the sexual difference she desires. Finally, having engaged with these two philosophers, I use the hermeneutical work of Hans-Georg Gadamer to present my own work on how well-crafted fiction can be used to build philosophical concepts and understandings that are not yet available in our world, but which become available to us through our participation in the new fictionalized contexts and fictional worlds we create. I show how it is through understanding the possibilities this kind of philosophical and fictionalized utopic thinking holds that social transformation rooted in the world-building capabilities of individual persons can occur.en_GB
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dc.subjectPhilosophyen_GB
dc.subjectLiteratureen_GB
dc.subjectFictionen_GB
dc.subjectChristine, de Pisan, ca. 1364-ca. 1431en_GB
dc.subjectIrigaray, Luceen_GB
dc.subjectGadamer, Hans Georg, 1900-2002en_GB
dc.subjectFeminist philosophyen_GB
dc.subject.lcshLiterature--Philosophyen_GB
dc.subject.lcshFiction--History and criticismen_GB
dc.subject.lcshGadamer, Hans Georg, 1900-2002--Hermeneuticsen_GB
dc.subject.lcshAuthors and readers--France--Historyen_GB
dc.subject.lcshWomen and literature--Franceen_GB
dc.subject.lcshChristine, de Pisan, ca. 1364-ca. 1431en_GB
dc.subject.lcshIrigaray, Luceen_GB
dc.subject.lcshGadamer, Hans Georg, 1900-2002en_GB
dc.titleFiction as Philosophy: Reading the Work of Christine de Pizan and Luce Irigaray to Write a Hermeneutics of Socially Transformative Fiction-mediated Philosophyen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentInstitute for Christian Studiesen_GB
dc.type.degreetitlePh.D., Institute for Christian Studies, Torontoen_GB
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