His concern was that the effort to bring together some common aspect of the poets' situation and some aspect of the poetry doesn't automatically get you the essentialism
Perhaps the most disappointing examples of essentialism
appear in the section called "I haven't got a thing to wear," in the chapter on "Delivering the Message.
Arguing that an essentialist definition of man "obscures the real historical conditions in which the actual identity of people is rooted" (153), Dollimore views Jacobean tragedy as a challenge to Christian essentialism
similar to Marxist materialism's challenge to post-Enlightenment essentialism
The final chapter on Delany demonstrates how he "[built] upon and [reinvented] theories of racial essentialism
that not only served his personal politics, but also provided the theoretical background for his vision of the globalized destiny of people of color" (11).
Notwithstanding the at times overdetermined theorizing and unfortunate essentialism
, this is an excellent contribution to the field.
Both Spolsky and Cavell are unfazed by the taboo against essentialism
, although they diverge in their attitudes toward what they perceive as the bedrock of the human condition.
One thing is evident right from the start; Against Essentialism
is both a polemical and ambitious book.
The fact that writer Bill Condon, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and director Rob Marshall were able to cook up such a stunning reinvention validates musical essentialism
and refutes any constructionist blather that they just "happen" to be gay.
It examines "ideological feminism" in light of the defining features of ideology: "dualism, essentialism
, hierarchy, collectivism, utopianism, selective cynicism, revolutionism, consequentialism, and quasi-religiosity" (p.
Shame and sin are foundational words and feelings that belong to an essentialism
that has to be rooted out, if the postmodernist project is to be finally triumphant.
Her insight that DuBois and Kallen relied on an unexpected combination of essentialism
and cosmopolitanism as they argued for subcultural distinctiveness helps Bramen set the stage to recover the strategic uses of a forward-looking, politically-informed essentialism
throughout her book.
Jang begins by epistemologically critiquing various critics of essentialism
and showing the degrees to which each finds refuge in essentialist gestures, moments, and arguments.