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Becoming Two: This Existence Which Is Not One

  • Emily Anne Parker
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Postmetaphysical Thought book series (PSPMT)

Abstract

Luce Irigaray’s Marine Lover has been read as a critique of Nietzsche’s displacement of and reliance on the feminine, the body and the earth — as a priority of the gods Apollo and Dionysus, the superman, and Nietzsche’s tension-filled invocations to the feminine.1 However, in this chapter I try to read the text differently. How does Irigaray call our attention to existential becoming as the becoming of two in Marine Lover? I argue that this text does not strictly refuse but reorients existential becoming as an irreducible, originally not chosen, relation always between ‘at least two poles’ (Luce Irigaray, Marine Lover, p. 70). It is the inexhaustible relation between two different humans which allows for the revaluation of the feminine upon whom Nietzsche mistakenly believes that he must draw to express the ‘endless coming into life’ of becoming, appearance, beauty and change (ibid., p. 5). To express this endless birthing which he himself is or would be, but only in relation to the other of the other, Nietzsche wrongly appeals to a stifled notion of woman as an externalized source of becoming. The endless birth that Nietzsche himself seeks is instead to be found in the body-to-body inter-subjective relation itself. Irigaray insists that becoming is not a coming together of two finished parts who only subsequently meet; rather becoming here would involve an exploration of the body-to-body relation.

Keywords

Sexual Difference Primary Matter Eternal Return Elemental Translation Masculine Culture 
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