Added: December 6, 2014 – Last updated: March 28, 2015
Author: Linda Martín Alcoff
Title: Sexual Violations and the Question of Experience
Journal: New Literary History
Year: Summer 2014
Link: Project MUSE (Restricted Access)
Abstract: »This paper explores the complications of naming and interpreting experiences of sexual violation that arise from the complexity of experience and the possibility of a discursive relativism. If our experiences are discursively and historically constituted, even in part, by the happenstance of the cultures we are born into, by what Foucault wonderfully called our historical a priori, how does this alter the epistemic status, and fruitfulness, of experience claims, and the epistemic authority of survivors? I argue that interpretive processes are usefully understood as occurring within a phenomenological context and as a practice of enacting affordances: in this way variability can be explained without obviating the special epistemic status of survivors.« (Source: New Literary History)
Lecture: Alcoff, Linda M. »Sexual Violations and the Question of Experience.« 66th Annual Northwest Philosophy Conference. Ellensburg 2014.