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Emanuela Bianchi

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature; Department of Classics, Program in Gender and Sexuality
Ph.D (Philosophy), New School for Social Research; B.Sc. (Hons.) (Human Sciences), University of Sussex

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests: Ancient philosophy and literature; 20th century and contemporary continental philosophy; feminist/queer theory.

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Department of Classics, Program in Gender and Sexuality

Emanuela Bianchi is the author of The Feminine Symptom: Aleatory Matter in the Aristotelian Cosmos (Fordham University Press, 2014), which explores how Aristotle’s ideas about sex and gender in his biological writings permeate his physics, metaphysics, and cosmology, and argues that the traditional understanding of the female as allied with passive matter should be supplanted by an understanding of the feminine as what disrupts the teleological system. The analysis connects with recent biological and materialist political thinking, and makes the case for a new, antiessentialist politics of aleatory feminism. She has published numerous articles on sex and gender in ancient metaphysics, and her interests encompass a genealogical approach to matter and bodies, psychoanalysis, poststructuralism, queer theory and feminism. Her current work engages the thought of Reiner Schürmann to help think through the complex inceptions and destructions of patriarchal kinship, and kinship's relationship to the natural, in classical Greek literature and philosophy.

Select Publications
The Feminine Symptom: Aleatory Matter in the Aristotelian Cosmos (Fordham University Press, 2014)

"Aristotle and the Masculinization of Phusis," Yearbook of Comparative Literature, 58 (2012)

 “Natal Bodies, Mortal Bodies, Sexual Bodies: Reading Gender, Desire and Kinship through Reiner Schürmann’s Broken Hegemonies," Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, 33, 1 (Spring 2012)

“The Interruptive Feminine: Aleatory Time and Feminist Politics,” in Undutiful Daughters: New Directions in Feminist Thought and Practice, edited by Henriette Gunkel, Chrysanthi Nigianni, and Fanny Söderbäck (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

Book Review: Rewriting Difference: Irigaray and the ‘Greeks’ eds. Elena Tzelepis and Athena Athanasiou (SUNY Press, 2010), Hypatia 27, 2 (Spring 2012)

“Sexual Topologies in the Aristotelian Cosmos: Revisiting Irigaray’s Physics of Sexual Difference,” Continental Philosophy Review. 43, 3 (August 2010) 373-389

“Aristotelian dunamis and sexual difference: An analysis of adunamia and dunamis meta logou in Metaphysics Theta,” Philosophy Today. 51, (Supplement 2007) 89-97

“Receptacle/Chôra: Figuring the Errant Feminine in Plato’s Timaeus,” Hypatia. 21, 4 (Fall 2006) 124-146

“Material Vicissitudes and Technical Wonders: The Ambiguous Figure of Automaton in Aristotle’s Metaphysics of Sexual Difference,” Epochê 11, 1 (Fall 2006) 109-139

Editor, Is Feminist Philosophy Philosophy? (Northwestern University Press, 1999)

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