Elizabeth Grosz

Elizabeth A. Grosz (born 1952 in Sydney, Australia[2]) is an Australian philosopher, feminist theorist, and professor working in the U.S. She is Jean Fox O'Barr Women's Studies Professor at Duke University. She has written on 20th-century French philosophers Jacques Lacan, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Luce Irigaray and Gilles Deleuze, as well as on gender, sexuality, temporality, and Darwinian evolutionary theory.

Elizabeth A. Grosz
Other namesElizabeth Anne Gross
EducationUniversity of Sydney (PhD), BA)
Notable work
Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism
AwardsNSW Gleebooks Prize (won for Volatile Bodies, 1995)
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolContinental philosophy, Feminist theory, Queer theory
InstitutionsDuke University
ThesisPsychoanalysis and social construction of subjectivity[1]
Main interests
Feminist philosophy, psychoanalytic theory, deconstruction, philosophy of art, the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze, Darwinism and sexual selection


In 1981, Grosz received her PhD from the Department of General Philosophy at the University of Sydney, where she was a lecturer from 1978 to 1991. She moved to Monash University in 1992. From 1999 to 2001, she was professor of Comparative Literature and English at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She taught at Rutgers University in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies from 2002 until becoming professor of Women's Studies and Literature at Duke in 2012.[3]


  • Sexual Subversions: Three French Feminists (1989)
  • Jacques Lacan: A Feminist Introduction (1990)
  • Volatile Bodies: Toward a Corporeal Feminism (1994)
  • Space, Time and Perversion: Essays on the Politics of Bodies (1995)
  • Architecture from the Outside: Essays on Virtual and Real Space (2001)
  • The Nick of Time: Politics, evolution, and the untimely (2004)
  • Time Travels: Feminism, nature, power (2005)
  • Chaos, Territory, Art: Deleuze and the Framing of the Earth (2008)
  • Becoming Undone: Darwinian Reflections on Life, Politics and Art (2011)
  • The Incorporeal: Ontology, Ethics, and the Limits of Materialism (2017)


  1. ^ Grosz, Elizabeth (1980). Psychoanalysis and social construction of subjectivity (PhD thesis). University of Sydney. OCLC 220267258.
  2. ^ Brahm Jr., Gabriel Noah (2011). "Grosz, Elizabeth". In Ryan, Michael (ed.). The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory. 3 (1st ed.). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. pp. 630–633. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "Elizabeth Grosz Bio". Duke University Womens Studies. Archived from the original on 2015-02-23. Retrieved March 8, 2015.

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