Mena Mitrano teaches in the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. She has published on theory, modernism, American literature, language, and great women intellectuals like Gertrude Stein, Susan Sontag and Hannah Arendt. Her new book, tentatively titled The Life of Critique: Method and Vulnerability, is under review with Edinburgh University Press, while her experimental textbook English for American Studies: The Delectable Speaker has just come out with Libreria Editrice Cafoscarina.
The minuteness of her body and the expansiveness of her thought struck some as an odd contrast. In this still, her body crowded by the desk lamp, the large microphone, and the curtains that seem to drift toward her on the window’s breeze, they fuse in one perfect moment (Fig. 1). Mid-February 1994, Rome. She is speaking at the Virginia Woolf Center of the International Women’s House about the convergence of the practice of feminism and the insights of Michel Foucault. Critical of the communion of the “we,” she is taking feminism in another direction, a more theoretical direction, some would say.