Summary Book Review Contemporary Women Writers Look Back by Alice Ridout:
Download or read book Contemporary Women Writers Look Back written by Alice Ridout and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2011-01-13 with total page 208 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Long before John Barth announced in his famous 1967 essay that late 20th-century fiction was 'The Literature of Exhaustion,' authors have been retelling and recycling stories. Barth was, however, right to identify in postmodern fiction a particular self-consciousness about its belatedness at the end of a long literary tradition. This book traces the move in contemporary women's writing from the self-conscious, ironic parodies of postmodernism to the nostalgic and historical turn of the 21st century. It analyses how contemporary women writers deal with their literary inheritances, offering an illuminating and provocative study of contemporary women writers' re-writings of previous texts and stories. Through close readings of novels by key contemporary women writers including Toni Morrison, Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood, Zadie Smith, Emma Tennant and Helen Fielding, and of the ITV adaptation, Lost in Austen, Alice Ridout examines the politics of parody and nostalgia, exploring the limitations and possibilities of both in the contexts of feminism and postcolonialism.
Summary Book Review The History of British Women's Writing, 1970-Present by Mary Eagleton:
Download or read book The History of British Women's Writing, 1970-Present written by Mary Eagleton and published by Springer. This book was released on 2016-04-29 with total page 288 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This book maps the most active and vibrant period in the history of British women's writing. Examining changes and continuities in fiction, poetry, drama, and journalism, as well as women's engagement with a range of literary and popular genres, the essays in this volume highlight the range and diversity of women's writing since 1970.
Summary Book Review Contemporary Women Writers Look Back by Alice Ridout:
Download or read book Contemporary Women Writers Look Back written by Alice Ridout and published by A&C Black. This book was released on 2010 with total page 189 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: >
Summary Book Review China’s Literary and Cultural Scenes at the Turn of the 21st Century by Jie Lu:
Download or read book China’s Literary and Cultural Scenes at the Turn of the 21st Century written by Jie Lu and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2013-10-18 with total page 294 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: China’s literary and cultural production at the turn of the twenty-first century is marked by heterogeneity, plurality, and diversity. Given its complexity, the literary/cultural production of this period perhaps can be understood most productively as a response to a global modernity that has touched and transformed all aspects of contemporary Chinese reality. The eleven essays in this book offer an introduction to some of the most important works published at the turn of the twenty-first century. In combining textual analysis of specific works with theoretical insights, and in locating the texts in their sociocultural and socioeconomic contexts, the essays explore key theoretical issues and intellectual concerns of the time. They collectively draw a broad contour of new developments, major trends, and radical changes, capturing the intellectual and cultural Zeitgeist of the age. All in all, these essays offer new theoretical approaches to, and critical perspectives on, contemporary Chinese literature and culture.
Summary Book Review Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook After Fifty by A. Ridout:
Download or read book Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook After Fifty written by A. Ridout and published by Springer. This book was released on 2015-05-20 with total page 221 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Published in 1962, Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook merits fresh theoretical, geopolitical, autobiographical, and aesthetic approaches. Prompted by the novel's golden anniversary, the twelve essays collected in this volume provide fresh analyses along with appreciative memoirs for 21st century readers of this well-known masterpiece.
Summary Book Review Post-war British Drama: Looking Back in Gender by Michelene Wandor:
Download or read book Post-war British Drama: Looking Back in Gender written by Michelene Wandor and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2003-12-16 with total page 288 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this extensively revised and updated edition of her classic work, Look Back in Gender, Michelene Wandor confirms the symbiotic relationship between drama and gender in a provocative look at key, representative British plays from the last fifty years. Repositioning the text at the heart of hteatre studies, Wandor surveys plays by Ayckbourn, Beckett, Churchill, Daniels, Friel, Hare, Kane, Osborne, Pinter, Ravenhill, Wertenbaker, Wesker and others. Her nuanced argument, central to any analysis of contemporary drama, discusses: *the imperative of gender in the playwright's imagination *the function of gender as a major determinant of the text's structural and narrative drives *the impact of socialism and feminism on post-war British drama, and the relevance of feminist dynamics in drama *differences in the representation of the fmaily, sexuality and the mother, before and after 1968 *the impact of the slogan that the 'personal is political' on contemporary form and content.
Summary Book Review Women's Writing in Twenty-First-Century France by Gill Rye:
Download or read book Women's Writing in Twenty-First-Century France written by Gill Rye and published by University of Wales Press. This book was released on 2013-04-15 with total page 320 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Women's Writing in Twenty-First Century France is the first book-length publication on women-authored literature of this period, and comprises a collection of challenging critical essays that engage with the themes, trends and issues, and with the writers and their texts, of the first decade of the twenty-first century. PART ONE: Women’s Writing in Twenty-First-Century France: Trends and Issues 1. Women’s writing in twenty-first-century France: introduction, Amaleena Damlé and Gill Rye 2. What ‘passes’?: French women writers and translation into English, Lynn Penrod 3. What women read: contemporary women’s writing and the bestseller, Diana Holmes PART TWO: Society, Culture, Family 4. Vichy, Jews, enfants cachés: French women writers look back, Lucille Cairns 5. Wives and daughters in literary works representing the harkis, Susan Ireland 6. (Not) seeing things: Marie NDiaye, (negative) hallucination and ‘blank’ métissage, Andrew Asibong 7. Rediscovering the absent father, a question of recognition: Despentes, Tardieu, Lori Saint-Martin 8. Babykillers: Véronique Olmi and Laurence Tardieu on motherhood, Natalie Edwards PART THREE: Body, Life, Text 9. The becoming of anorexia and text in Amélie Nothomb’s Robert des noms propres and Delphine de Vigan’s Jours sans faim, Amaleena Damlé 10. The human-animal in Ananda Devi’s texts: towards an ethics of hybridity?, Ashwiny O. Kistnareddy 11. Embodiment, environment and the re-invention of self in Nina Bouraoui’s life-writing, Helen Vassallo 12. Irreverent revelations: women’s confessional practices of the extreme contemporary, Barbara Havercroft 13. Contamination anxiety in Annie Ernaux’s twenty-first-century texts, Simon Kemp PART FOUR: Experiments, Interfaces, Aesthetics 14. Experience and experiment in the work of Marie Darrieussecq, Helena Chadderton 15. Interfaces: verbal/visual experiment in new women’s writing in French, Shirley Jordan 16. ‘Autofiction + x = ?’: Chloé Delaume’s experimental self-representations, Deborah B. Gaensbauer 17. Beyond Antoinette Fouque (Il y a deux sexes) and beyond Virginie Despentes (King Kong théorie)? Anne Garréta’s sphinxes, Owen Heathcote 18. Amélie the aesthete: art and politics in the world of Amélie Nothomb, Anna Kemp 19. Conclusion, Amaleena Damlé and Gill Rye
Summary Book Review Eve and Adam by Kristen E. Kvam:
Download or read book Eve and Adam written by Kristen E. Kvam and published by . This book was released on 1999 with total page 515 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A reader on the 2,000-year-old debate about the meaning of the story of Adam and Eve.
Summary Book Review Lyric Interventions by Linda A. Kinnahan:
Download or read book Lyric Interventions written by Linda A. Kinnahan and published by . This book was released on 2004 with total page 277 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Lyric Interventions explores linguistically innovative poetry by contemporary women in North America and Britain whose experiments give rise to fresh feminist readings of the lyric subject. The works discussed by Linda Kinnahan explore the lyric subject in relation to the social: an “I” as a product of social discourse and as a conduit for change. Contributing to discussions of language-oriented poetries through its focus on women writers and feminist perspectives, this study of lyric experimentation brings attention to the cultural contexts of nation, gender, and race as they significantly shift the terms by which the “experimental” is produced, defined, and understood. This study focuses upon lyric intervention in distinct but related spheres as they link public and ideological norms of identity. Firstly, lyric innovations with visual and spatial realms of cultural practice and meaning, particularly as they naturalize ideologies of gender and race in North America and the post-colonial legacies of the Caribbean, are investigated in the works of Barbara Guest, Kathleen Fraser, Erica Hunt, and M. Nourbese Philip. Secondly, experimental engagements with nationalist rhetorics of identity, marking the works of Carol Ann Duffy, Denise Riley, Wendy Mulford, and Geraldine Monk, are explored in relation to contemporary evocations of “self” in Britain. And thirdly, in discussions of all of the poets, but particularly accenuated in regard to Guest, Fraser, Riley, Mulford, and Monk, formal experimentation with the lyric “I” is considered through gendered encounters with critical and avant-garde discourses of poetics. Throughout the study, Kinnahan seeks to illuminate and challenge the ways in which visual and verbal constructs function to make “readable” the subjectivities historically supporting white, male-centered power within the worlds of art, poetry, social locations, or national policy. The potential of the feminist, innovative lyric to generate linguistic surprise simultaneously with engaging risky strategies of social intervention lends force and significance to the public engagement of such poetic experimentation. This fresh, energetic study will be of great interest to literary critics and womens studies scholars, as well as poets on both sides of the Atlantic.
Summary Book Review Contemporary Women Writers in Italy by Santo L. Aricò:
Download or read book Contemporary Women Writers in Italy written by Santo L. Aricò and published by Univ of Massachusetts Press. This book was released on 1990 with total page 238 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Despite the range and high quality of their work, Italian women writers have received scant attention from critics, in Italy or elsewhere. All too often, their contributions have gone unrecognized. This collection demonstrates the importance of these writers to the literary world and seeks to bring them the critical attention they deserve. Twelve scholars and literary critics examine some of the best prose produced in recent years by Italian women in a variety of genres, including fiction, journalism, and biography. Among the writers discussed are Anna Banti, Camilla Cederna, Fausta Cialente, Oriana Fallaci, Natalia Ginzburg, Armanda Guiducci, Gina Lagorio, Gianna Manzini, Dacia Maraini, Elsa Morante, Lalla Romano, and Francesca Sanvitale. The topics they address range from love, disillusionment, friendship, and family life to artistic vision and the journalistic novel, to political activism, the condition of women in Italy, and the impact of feminism on Italian culture. Although some of the writers discussed describe themselves as feminists, others do not. Similarly, the contributors to the volume represent a spectrum of critical and political perspectives. What emerges is a series of portraits that reflect the variety, dynamism, and creativity of women writers in modern-day Italy.
Summary Book Review The Artist as Outsider in the Novels of Toni Morrison and Virginia Woolf by Lisa Williams:
Download or read book The Artist as Outsider in the Novels of Toni Morrison and Virginia Woolf written by Lisa Williams and published by Praeger. This book was released on 2000 with total page 216 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: On first consideration, Nobel prize winning African-American author Toni Morrison might seem to have little in common with Virginia Woolf, the British writer who challenged Victorian concepts of womanhood. But interestingly enough, Morrison wrote her masters thesis on Woolf and William Faulkner, and in that thesis, she gives special attention to issues of isolation. For Woolf, Morrison notes, isolation brings a sense of freedom that the attached can never comprehend. In her own novels, Morrison redefines Woolf's concept of isolation in terms of American racism, and both Woolf and Morrison examine the obstacles the female artist must overcome before she can create art. This volume looks at the similarities that link Morrison and Woolf together despite their racial, ethnic, national, and historical differences. At the same time, it analyzes how differing structures of domination define their art.
Summary Book Review Romantic Masculinities by Tony Pinkney:
Download or read book Romantic Masculinities written by Tony Pinkney and published by Edinburgh University Press. This book was released on 1997 with total page 144 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Examines in particular the points at which women Romantic writers anticipate, resist and intersect with the literary productions of their male contemporaries.
Summary Book Review An Introduction to Women's Writing by Marion Shaw:
Download or read book An Introduction to Women's Writing written by Marion Shaw and published by . This book was released on 1998 with total page 280 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This volume is a survey of writing by women from the Middle Ages to the late 1990's. It comprises nine essays by women scholars who are experts in a particular period of literary history and who have an interest in feminist criticism. The book also establishes characteristics belonging to each period, and also suggests ways in which continuities and developments have emerged. Although this text is informed by feminist criticism, it is also designed to be accessible to readers unacquainted with feminist literary theory and caters to both a general and an undergraduate readership.