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  • Acknowledgments  ix
    Introduction  1
    1. Women and Revolution
    2. Race and Internationalism
    3. Sexual Politics and Sexual Freedom
    4. A Longing for Letters
    Conclusion: From Passion to Panache
    Notes
    References
    Index
  • "Considering Emma Goldman should be read by everyone with theoretical and political interests in the fate of contemporary feminism. Refusing to simplify Goldman's irascible, often negative views of women, femininity, and even feminism, Hemmings considers the difficult question of why, despite such views, Goldman has remained a figure of deep fascination to those seeking justice and equality for all. By rigorously homing in on Goldman's own forms of political ambivalence, Hemmings considers the value of ambivalence more generally to a feminist politics capable of changing and shape-shifting to better meet the exigencies of the contemporary political moment. This is a bracing, very important contribution to contemporary feminist theory." — Janice Radway, coeditor of, American Studies: An Anthology

    “Continuing her interest in the construction of feminist storytelling, Clare Hemmings explores the affective relationship between a critic and her object of study, grappling with the transit between the historical archive and the critical present. By deliberating on the ways in which scholars fashion their objects of study in relation to their hopes and fears about feminism itself, Hemmings offers an ambitious and compelling work whose critical implications are far reaching.” — Robyn Wiegman, author of, Object Lessons

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    In Considering Emma Goldman Clare Hemmings examines the significance of the anarchist activist and thinker for contemporary feminist politics. Rather than attempting to resolve the tensions and problems that Goldman's thinking about race, gender, and sexuality pose for feminist thought, Hemmings embraces them, finding them to be helpful in formulating a new queer feminist praxis. Mining three overlapping archives—Goldman's own writings, her historical and theoretical legacy, and an imaginative archive that responds creatively to gaps in those archives —Hemmings shows how serious engagement with Goldman's political ambivalences opens up larger questions surrounding feminist historiography, affect, fantasy, and knowledge production. Moreover, she explores her personal affinity for Goldman to illuminate the role that affective investment plays in shaping feminist storytelling. By considering Goldman in all her contradictions and complexity, Hemmings presents a queer feminist response to the ambivalences that also saturate contemporary queer feminist race theories.

    About The Author(s)

    Clare Hemmings is Professor of Feminist Theory and Director of the Department of Gender Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the author and coeditor of several books, including Why Stories Matter: The Political Grammar of Feminist Theory, also published by Duke University Press.
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