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Evaluate critically Kadiatu Kannehs position in Love Mourning and Metaphor Terms of Identity indicating her reasons for criticising other feminists theorists In her essay Kanneh takes a critical view of some of the foundation stones upon which Helen Cixous builds her arguments in her seminal work The Laugh of the Medusa It is by developing an understanding of her critique of Cixous that best allows the reader to formulate a coherent opinion of where Kanneh stands in relation to other feminist critics and the field of feminist criticism as a whole In this my exploration of Kannehs essay I aim to discuss how she relates to Cixous arguments before in conclusion I present what I understand to be the political ground on which she stands Kanneh on other Feminists Taking a radical feminist approach that being one that recognises patriarchal control over political social and economic systems NB I take my definition from Joy Magezis Womens Studies Hodder Stoughton 1996 p15 Kanneh shares common ground with Cixous in so much as she believes that the female body has been subjected to oppression and propaganda from male dominated institutions and social practices Like Cixous she believes in instigating a positive reaction that revalues the female body Giving the example of Pauline Reags 1954 The Story of O a novel of female servitude and degradation that features genital mutilation she illustrates the sexually sadistic extremity to which the misuse of the female body goes to in cultural outpourings However Kanneh argues that although functional using the body as a metaphorical focus for insurrectionary activity is fraught with dangers which are not constructive to the feminist cause Drawing on the Lacanian theory that outside language what we understand to be feminine does not exist Kanneh examines Cixous theoretical description of a woman who is making a public address In what she calls a dubious valorisation Kemp Squires p293 Kanneh reiterates
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