Article: Inventing the female self in Greenwich Village, 1900–1930: Mabel Dodge’s encounter with science and spirituality

The latest issue of Subjectivity features an article by Carla Christina Hustak entitled ‘Inventing the female self in Greenwich Village, 1900–1930: Mabel Dodge’s encounter with science and spirituality’.

Its abstract reads:

Through the case study of Mabel Dodge, the mystic of Greenwich Village, this article shows how new forms of knowledge and free love converged in a turn to interrogating the female self. Mabel Dodge’s practice of subjectivity is an early twentieth-century example of what Michel Foucault called the ‘hermeneutics of the subject’, a form of spirituality grounded in the pursuit of the ‘truth’ of the self. Dodge’s efforts to grasp her ‘secret concentrated essence’ reveal an early twentieth-century invention of a new feminist spirituality at the crossroads of occultism, social reform, and sciences of psychology and biology.

To access the entire article, click here.

  1. Yes, it is possible to view our species as separate from Nature. Such dogmatic “spirituality” has determined many “feminist” careers. Here is one dissenting feminist who is not appalled by materialist epistemologies. For one of many examples see http://clarespark.com/2012/09/22/materialist-history-and-the-idea-of-progress/. “Materialist history and the idea of progress.”

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