An inquiry into the phenomenology of “woman” based in the relationship between lived time and sexual violence
By focusing on time instead of space, When Time Warps places sexualized racism at the center of the way “woman” is lived. Burke transports questions of time and gender outside the realm of the historical, making provocative new insights into how gendered individuals live time, and how their temporal existence is changed through particular experiences.
Providing a potent reexamination of the theory of Simone de Beauvoir—while also bringing to the fore important women of color theorists and engaging in the temporal aspects of #MeToo—When Time Warps makes a necessary, lasting contribution to our understanding of gender, race, and sexual violence.
Megan Burke is assistant professor of philosophy at Sonoma State. Their work has appeared in Hypatia, philoSOPHIA, and Feminist Theory.
"Megan Burke’s strikingly original and compelling analysis lays bare the complex ways that temporality, the threat of sexual violence, and white supremacy work in concert to shape feminine subjectivity. This is critical phenomenology at its best: intersectional, unflinching, revelatory."—Ann Cahill, Elon University
"Megan Burke diagnoses the ‘sexualized racism’ through which white womanhood is consolidated and reads normative femininity as the product of violence that is experienced physically, spectrally, and existentially. Carefully training our attention on temporality, ‘chrononormativity,’ and the lived experience of gendered and racialized embodiment, When Time Warps is a valuable addition to the growing body of literature in critical phenomenology."—Gayle Salamon, author of The Life and Death of Latisha King: A Critical Phenomenology of Transphobia