In this brief and powerful book, Diana Fuss takes on the debate of pure essence versus social construct, engaging with the work of Luce Irigaray and Monique Wittig, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Houston Baker, and with the politics of gay identity.

chapter 1|22 pages

The "Risk" of Essence

chapter 2|16 pages

Reading Like a Feminist

chapter 4|18 pages

Luce Irigaray's Language of Essence

chapter 7|8 pages

Essentialism in the Classroom