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RE/Searching Angry Women

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RE/Search’s issue on Angry Women brought together a range of critics, theorists, performance artists and lesbian activists including Kathy Acker, Valie Export, bell hooks, Lydia Lunch, Carolee Schneemann and Annie Sprinkle. Published in 1991, the issue proposed a ‘revolutionary feminism’, finding its forms and manifestations in ‘wild sex, humor, beauty, spirituality plus radical politics’. Despite the radical content of this issue and the significance of its contributors for feminism, the publication has received little academic attention. Analyses that address this publication treat it in isolation from the wider context of RE/Search and its theoretical perspectives. This article focuses on Angry Women by setting it into these contexts. It argues that RE/Search’s theoretical positions can be understood through Bataillean notions of base materialism. The article explores a range of influences and relations, including that of Bataille on RE/Search and the significance of the relation of Angry Women to the wider RE/Search project once read through the lens of Bataillean theories. It will also demonstrate that the deliberate selection of contributors by Juno and Vale reveals a distinct Bataillean strain within feminist projects in the 1990s.
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Keywords: Angry Women; Bataille; RE/Search; base materialism; feminism; surrealism

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Manchester Metropolitan University

Publication date: 2011-08-30

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