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Author DeKoven, Marianne, 1948- author

Title Rich and strange : gender, history, modernism / Marianne DeKoven
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1991]


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 W'PONDS  823.91 D3286/R  AVAILABLE
Description xiii, 248 pages ; 24 cm
regular print
Series Princeton paperbacks
Princeton paperbacks.
Contents pt. 1. Toward the modernist narrative ch. 1. Modernism under erasure -- ch. 2. A different story : "The yellow wallpaper" and The turn of the screw -- pt. 2. Conrad and others ch. 3. Darker and lower down : the eruption of modernism in "Melanctha" and The nigger of the "narcissus" -- ch. 4. T he vaginal passage : Heart of darkness and The voyage out -- ch. 5. The destructive element : The awakening and Lord Jim -- pt. 3. In the wake of early modernist narrative ch. 6. (Anti- )canonical modernism -- ch. 7. After modernism
Summary "Like the products of the "sea-change" in Ariel's song in The Tempest, modernist writing is "rich and strange." Its greatness lies in its density and its dislocations, which have until now been viewed as a repudiation of and an alternative to the cultural implications of turn-of-the-century political radicalism. Marianne DeKoven argues powerfully to the contrary, maintaining that modernist form evolved precisely as a means of representing the terrifying appeal of movements such as socialism and feminism." "Organized around pairs and groups of female- and male-signed texts, the book reveals the gender-inflected ambivalence of modernist writers. Male modernists, desiring utter change, nevertheless feared the loss of hegemony it might entail, while female modernists feared punishment for desiring such change. With water imagery as a focus throughout, DeKoven provides extensive new readings of canonical modernist texts and of works in the feminist and African-American canons not previously considered modernist. Building on insights of Luce Irigaray, Klaus Theweleit, and Jacques Derrida, she finds in modernism a paradigm of unresolved contradiction that enacts in the realm of form an alternative to patriarchal gender relations. Book jacket."--Jacket
Analysis English literature Modernism
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject American fiction -- History and criticism.
Authorship -- Sex differences.
English fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Modernism (Literature) -- English-speaking countries.
Modernism (Literature) -- Great Britain.
Modernism (Literature) -- United States.
Sex role in literature.
LC no. 91003571
ISBN 0691014965 (PB)
0691068690 (cloth)
9780691014968 (PB)
9780691068695 (cloth)