The subject of love

Hélène Cixous and the feminine divine

By Sal Renshaw

The subject of love

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6960-4
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: March 2009
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Cultural studies, Religious Aspects Of Sexuality, Gender & Relationships, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies, RELIGION / Sexuality & Gender Studies, Cultural studies, Gender studies, gender groups, Cultural Studies
  • Series: Manchester Studies in Religion, Culture and Gender


The Subject of Love: Hélène Cixous and the Feminine Divine is about abundant, generous, other-regarding love. In the history of Western ideas of love, such a configuration has been inseparable from our ideas about divinity and the sacred; often reserved only for God; and rarely thought of as a human achievement.

This book is a substantial engagement with her philosophies of love, inviting the reader to reflect on the conditions of subjectivity that just might open us to something like a divine love of the other. Renshaw follows this thread in this genealogy of abundant love: the thread that connects the subject of love from 5th century B.C.E. Greece and Plato, to the 20th century protestant theology of agapic love of Anders Nygren, to the late 20th century poetico-philosophy of Hélène Cixous.

This study will be of particular interest to academics and students of the history of gender, cultural studies, criticism and gender studies


Introduction:In the Spirit of the Gift of Love

1. Speaking of Love: Philosophy, Theology and French Feminism

2. Feminist Theology: For the Love of God

3. Hélène Cixous' Subject of Love

4. Graceful Subjectivities

5. Divine Promethean Love





Sal Renshaw is Assistant Professor in the Departments of Gender Equality and Social Justice, and Religions and Cultures at Nipissing University in Northern Ontario, Canada

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