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.

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