Modern American Women Writers

The essays in this book are by the best scholars in the field of women's studies and combine illuminating biographical detail with thoughtful discussions of each author's work.

Author: Elaine Showalter

Publisher: Touchstone Books

ISBN: UCSC:32106012415581

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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Offers essays on forty-one women authors

Teaching African American Women s Writing

Critics, readers, teachers, and students began to be aware of African American women writers from the past and to help to rescue them from absence and silence. Walker herself notes in her significant essay “In Search of Our Mothers' ...

Author: G. Wisker

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137086471

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

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The essays in Teaching African American Women's Writing provide reflections on issues, problems and pleasures raised by studying the texts. They will be of use to those teaching and studying African American women's writing in colleges, universities and adult education groups as well as teachers involved in teaching in schools to A level.

The Routledge Introduction to American Women Writers

Ozeki's narrative floats between past and present, living and dead, and various potential and coexisting realities ... For all the ways that women's writing has changed in the last several years, there are still fundamental continuities ...

Author: Wendy Martin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317698555

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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The Routledge Introduction to American Women Writers considers the important literary, historical, cultural, and intellectual contexts of American women authors from the seventeenth century to the present and provides readers with an analysis of current literary trends and debates in women’s literature. This accessible and engaging guide covers a variety of essential topics, such as: the transatlantic and transnational origins of American women's literary traditions the colonial period and the Puritans the early national period and the rhetoric of independence the nineteenth century and the Civil War the twentieth century, including modernism, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Civil Rights era trends in twenty-first century American women's writing feminism, gender and sexuality, regionalism, domesticity, ethnicity, and multiculturalism. The volume examines the ways in which women writers from diverse racial, social, and cultural backgrounds have shaped American literary traditions, giving particular attention to the ways writers worked inside, outside, and around the strictures of their cultural and historical moments to create space for women’s voices and experiences as a vital part of American life. Addressing key contemporary and theoretical debates, this comprehensive overview presents a highly readable narrative of the development of literature by American women and offers a crucial range of perspectives on American literary history.

African American Women Writers Historical Fiction

... “the past,” as James Baldwin notes, “is all that makes the present coherent, and further, that the past will remain horrible as long as we refuse to assess it honestly,” 1 African American women writers embark upon representations ...

Author: A. Nunes

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230118850

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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This volume explores African American historical fiction written by women in the last four decades of the twentieth century. Nunes' approach to the texts aims at emphasizing the narrative and thematic achievements of individual novels set in the context of the main trends and developments of the contemporary African American historical novel.

A Companion to Latin American Women Writers

In the text of many Latin American women writers, the Word is a space for women's self-representation, a new territory ... It is in the recent past that women writers have gained recognition, filling a vacuum created by their exclusion, ...

Author: Brigida M. Pastor

Publisher: Tamesis Books

ISBN: 9781855662360

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 253

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This volume offers a critical study of a representative selection of Latin American women writers who have made major contributions to all literary genres and represent a wide range of literary perspectives and styles. Many of these women have attained the highest literary honours: Gabriela Mistral won the Nobel Prize in 1945; Clarice Lispector attracted the critical attention of theorists working mainly outside the Hispanic area; others have made such telling contributions to particular strands of literature that their names are immediately evocative of specific currents or styles. Elena Poniatowska is associated with testimonial writing; Isabel Allende and Laura Esquivel are known for the magical realism of their texts; others, such as Juana de Ibarbourou and Laura Restrepo remain relatively unknown despite their contributions to erotic poetry and to postcolonial prose fiction respectively. The distinctiveness of this volume lies in its attention to writers from widely differing historical and social contexts and to the diverse theoretical approaches adopted by the authors. Brígida M. Pastor teaches Latin American literature and film at the University of Glasgow . Her publications include Fashioning Cuban Feminism and Beyond, El discurso de Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda: Identidad Femenina y Otredad; and Discursos Caribenhos: Historia, Literatura e Cinema Lloyd Hughes Davies teaches Spanish American Literature at Swansea University. His publications include Isabel Allende, La casa de los espíritus and Projections of Peronism in Argentine Autobiography, Biography and Fiction.

Latin American Women Writers

As in Bombal's The Shrouded Woman , the past is revealed from the perspective of the present . The reader witnesses the same boredom , hypocrisy , and mediocrity in the dead man's former life as was described in the two previous novels ...

Author: Myriam Yvonne Jehenson

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791425592

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 201

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This book describes how Latin-American women writers of all classes, from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present, ironize masculinist, classicist, and racist cliches in their narratives.

Black Female Vampires in African American Women s Novels 1977 2011

Characteristic of this phase are “novels that invoke the slave past and interrogate its role in the construction of the female self.”4 The Gilda Stories (1991) and Fledgling (2005) are exemplars of phase three.

Author: Kendra R. Parker

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781498553186

Category: Social Science

Page: 188

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This book critically situates the figure of the black female vampire within literary studies, cultural studies, gender studies, and critical race studies. It invites readers to take a closer look at the black female vampire figure and how that figure shapes and is shaped by cultural narratives about African American womanhood.

Transgressive Humor of American Women Writers

Surveying the American literary scene of 1918, Van Wyck Brooks wrote: “The present is a void, and the American writer floats in that void because the past that survives in the common mind of the present is a past without living value.

Author: Sabrina Fuchs Abrams

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319567297

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 263

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This collection is the first to focus on the transgressive and transformative power of American female humorists. It explores the work of authors and comediennes such as Carolyn Wells, Lucille Clifton, Mary McCarthy, Lynne Tillman, Constance Rourke, Roz Chast, Amy Schumer and Samantha Bee, and the ways in which their humor challenges gendered norms and assumptions through the use of irony, satire, parody, and wit. The chapters draw from the experiences of women from a variety of racial, class, and gender identities and encompass a variety of genres and comedic forms including poetry, fiction, prose, autobiography, graphic memoir, comedic performance, and new media. Transgressive Humor of American Women Writers will appeal to a general educated readership as well as to those interested in women’s and gender studies, humor studies, urban studies, American literature and cultural studies, and media studies.

Contemporary American Women Writers

They consider how individual identity, as it is dramatized in the work of fiction, depends upon the recuperation (or creation) of a usable communal past. Mary O'Connor epitomizes the relation of African American women writers to their ...

Author: Lois Parkinson Zamora

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317893066

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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This collection brings together critical essays that examine questions of identity and community in the fiction of contemporary American women writers among them Alice Walker, Toni Morrison and Sandra Cisnernos. The essays consider how identities and societies are dramatized in particular works of fiction, and how these works reflect cultural communities outside the fictional frame - often the communities in which their authors live and work. The essays included here concern fictional representations of African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American, Anglo and Euro-American communities and their working interactions in the multicultural United States. Each critic asks, in his or her own way, how a particular writer transforms her social grounding into language and literature. The introduction includes an overview of the range of literary criticism devoted to contemporary American women writers, and an extensive bibliography of complementary critical readings is provided to encourage further study. Undergraduate and postgraduate students of contemporary literature will find the text an invaluable guide to contemporary women's writing in America, and the range of criticism that this has given rise to.

American Women Writers Poetics and the Nature of Gender Study

Poetics in the context of Myra's last sentence: “Why must I die like this alone with my mortal enemy! ... discusses discontentment among middle-class American women, gender roles, and the author's insights on looking at the past.

Author: Maryann Pasda DiEdwardo

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443848756


Page: 150

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This volume studies processes of creating voices of the past to analyze and to juxtapose, discussing the nature of the educational community viewed through feminist theory to reveal hidden ideas surrounding stereotypes, gender status, and power in the postcolonial era. The contributions brought together here explore the various facets of language to focus on metaphorical grammatical constructions, unique and specific with form and function. They interpret various works to capture the essence of style, as well as rhetorical function of basic structure of grammar, diction and syntax, in a literary work as message and meaning. Furthermore, the book also discusses useful pedagogical and theoretical processes used by the literary scholar concerning the power of writing for cultural change. As such, the book will appeal to those who wish to heal through writing. The proceeds of the book support the authors’ local soup kitchen and crisis centers for domestic abuse.

Seven American Women Writers of the Twentieth Century

old women, let it go at that. Don't worry about the other fellow. Live selfishly." The play itself illuminates Martha's position by contrast. It is Racine's view that one can't live the moral life and have one's heart's desire as well.

Author: Maureen Howard

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816607969

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 380

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Seven American Women Writers of the Twentieth Century was first published in 1977. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

American Women Writers 1900 1945

become an inseparable and essential representative of the American literary tradition . MAJOR WORKS AND THEMES It is perhaps simplest to regard Willa Cather as the last of the American women regionalist writers who found themselves ...

Author: Laurie Champion

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313309434

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 407

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Women writers have been traditionally excluded from literary canons, not until recently have scholars begun to rediscover or discover neglected women writers and their works. This reference includes alphabetically arranged entries on 58 American women authors who wrote between 1900 and 1945, a period that embraces two major artistic movements, Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and includes a biography, a discussion of major works and themes, a review of the author's critical reception, and extensive primary and secondary bibliographies. The volume reflects the diversity of American culture through its coverage of African American, Native American, Mexican American, and Chinese American women writers.

Modern American Women Writers

to the home of Kate's deceased aunt Katharine Brandon, where the two young women set up housekeeping for the summer. ... supplies Kate with a sympathetic view of her formidable forebear and a valuable link to her female past.

Author: Elaine Showalter

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780020820253

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

View: 710


Offers essays on forty-one women authors

American Women Writing Fiction

Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar in The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women suggest that in the last forty years " women writers ... [ developed a newly intense awareness of their role as female artists .

Author: Mickey Pearlman

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813127505

Category: Political Science

Page: 236

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The works of Walt Whitman have been described as masculine, feminine, postcolonial, homoerotic, urban, organic, unique, and democratic, yet arguments about the extent to which Whitman could or should be considered a political poet have yet to be fully confronted. Some scholars disregard WhitmanÕs understanding of democracy, insisting on separating his personal works from his political works. A Political Companion to Walt Whitman is the first full-length exploration of WhitmanÕs works through the lens of political theory. Editor John E. Seery and a collection of prominent theorists and philosophers uncover the political awareness of WhitmanÕs poetry and prose, analyzing his faith in the potential of individuals, his call for a revolution in literature and political culture, and his belief in the possibility of combining heroic individualism with democratic justice. A Political Companion to Walt Whitman reaches beyond literature into political theory, revealing the ideology behind WhitmanÕs call for the emergence of American poets of democracy.

Conversations with American Women Writers

I remember right before Comfort Woman was released , George Hicks's book Comfort Women was published . This is a collection of about a hundred oral ... We live in the present , but also part of us lives in the past as well .

Author: Sarah Anne Johnson

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 1584653485

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 229

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Sena Jeter Naslund describes the origins of Ahab's Wife in "a vision and a voice." Ann Patchett mourns the ways in which the reality of a novel may fail to live up to her conception of it. Andrea Barrett, a winner of the National Book Award and the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, nevertheless characterizes herself as "a very clumsy writer" in her early drafts. The seventeen women interviewed by Sarah Anne Johnson are some of the most popular and accomplished writers at work today--award winners, critically acclaimed, popular with book clubs. Steeped in a thorough knowledge of each writer's work, Johnson's questions range from technical issues of craft to the nurturing of fictional ideas to the daily practice of writing. The authors offer insights into their own works that will delight their fans and also provide practical advice that will be cherished by aspiring writers. From Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's reflections on her experience of immigration to Lois-Ann Yamanaka's insights on the question of a character's voice, these interviews combine the personal with the professional experience of the writing life.

A to Z of American Women Writers

In 1998 Beloved, which is considered the author's greatest work to date, was adapted as a Hollywood film starring ... the past.” But Morrison, who has no objection to being called a black woman writer, does not write to please critics.

Author: Carol Kort

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438107936

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 417

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Presents a biographical dictionary profiling important women authors, including birth and death dates, accomplishments and bibliography of each author's work.

Reading Contemporary Black British and African American Women Writers

It makes sense that women writers would find the literary forms of their forebears useful. ... Black British writers are influenced by an ancestral past of colonization, different for each writer but involving shared themes of ...

Author: Jean Wyatt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429581359

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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Contemporary African American and Black British Women Writers: Narrative, Race, Ethics brings together British and American scholars to explore how, in texts by contemporary black women writers in the U. S. and Britain, formal narrative techniques express new understandings of race or stimulate ethical thinking about race in a reader. Taken together, the essays also demonstrate that black women writers from both sides of the Atlantic borrow formal structures and literary techniques from one another to describe the workings of structural racism in the daily lives of black subjects and to provoke readers to think anew about race. Narratology has only recently begun to use race as a category of narrative theory. This collection seeks both to show the ethical effects of narrative form on individual readers and to foster reconceptualizations of narrative theory that account for the workings of race within literature and culture.

What is Eating Latin American Women Writers

As we have seen in previous chapters, Latin American authors' exploration of women's weight also touches on eating disorders. The two stories analyzed in this chapter, “Eso de ser bulímica” (The Thing about Being Bulimic, ...

Author: Renée Sum Scott

Publisher: Cambria Press

ISBN: 9781604976403

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 153

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Since colonial times, Latin American women writers have appropriated food as a strategy to express central issues of power, expression, and culture that affect their gender. Food is still an important topic in their production. Moreover, as weight and eating disorders have become more prominent in public discourse, we see a considerable expansion of the trope of food. Women authors turn their attention to the conflictive relationship between food, weight, and body image for women. They denounce the current misguided notions of feminine beauty, according to which only the young, skinny body is attractive. Moreover, they assert that these views are just another tool by which patriarchy exerts control over women now that they have finally succeeded in becoming active participants in all social spaces. There is presently an immense scholarly interest in Latin American female literary production, specifically on the subject of the body. Latin American publications on weight and eating disorders abound, especially in the fields of psychology and sociology. However, there are only a few articles addressing these themes in the fictional work of Latin American women authors. What Is Eating Latin American Women Writers fills a theoretical void because it speaks to an ever-growing interest in Latin American literature about women, food, and the body. This study not only traces for the first time the historical development of the topics of food, eating consumption, and body image but also features well-known authors and others who are yet to be discovered in United States. The book contributes to the ongoing critical dialogue about women and food by offering an analysis of food, weight, and eating disorders in Latin American and Latina literary production. It demonstrates that since the 1990s, authors have been expanding the subject of food by exploring its connection to the social and cultural pressures associated with the postmodern obsession with the thin body. The texts in What Is Eating Latin American Women Writers are examined with an interdisciplinary critical approach that considers cultural, sociological, psychoanalytic, and feminist theories. It takes into consideration the specificity of Latin American cultures and it combines Latin American theories with those brought forth by North American and European critics in an effort to account more accurately for the idiosyncratic manifestations presently occurring in Latin American writings. Another valuable contribution of this book is its focus on writers from a spectrum of countries - Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and the United States. Furthermore, these writers express themselves in a range of genres that include epistle, essay, novel, poetry, short story, and film. Some of the texts have received critical attention while others are yet to be translated into English or even recognized outside the countries where they were published. Another essential aspect of the book is its deliberate reflection on food and the body by means of texts from the seventeenth-century to the twenty-first-century. This book will be welcome addition to all levels in Latin American studies, especially Latin American women literature, since the work will be valuable to scholars and accessible to students. Scholars interested in gender studies, women's studies, feminist theories, and critical literary analysis will also find this to be an important resource. -- Publisher's website.

Anglo American Women Writers and Representations of Indianness 1629 1824

Americans desire the romanticized indian of long ago, the lovingly remembered “noble savage” of the past who still lives on in literature, images, movies, and even commercial products. they want the edenic indian of massachusetts Bay ...

Author: Dr Cathy Rex

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9781472436382

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

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Comparing representations of Indianness by Anglo-American engravers and later by early Anglo-American women writers, Cathy Rex shows that iconic images of Native figures informed both the early republican American identity and the authorial identity of women writers like Mary Rowlandson and Lydia Maria Child. By contextualizing these well-known narratives and images as constitutive of one another, Rex brings a new, more textually inclusive perspective to the field of early American studies.