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O'Rourke, M. (2012). Princess of Networks: Lisa Baraitser's Object-Oriented Maternities. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 13(2):94-100.

(2012). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 13(2):94-100

Princess of Networks: Lisa Baraitser's Object-Oriented Maternities

Michael O'Rourke, M.Litt.

This response to Lisa Baraitser's Maternal Encounters: The Ethics of Interruption (2009) puts the book in conversation with recent speculative realist thinking and object-oriented philosophies. Drawing on the democratizing onticology of Levi Bryant, Graham Harman's object-oriented philosophy, Ian Bogost's alien phenomenology, and Jane Bennett's political ecology of matter, I argue that Baraitser develops a “vibrant maternality” and an object-oriented feminism that gives nonhuman actants their due in a constellation of relations between maternal subjects and the objects they encounter.

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