Anxious Power: Reading, Writing, and Ambivalence in Narrative by Women

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Delves into the conflicting feelings of anxiety and empowerment that women, historically excluded from masculine discourse, feel when they dare to read and write. These essays draw upon feminist literary theory, narrative theory, and reader-response criticism to address women's ambivalence toward language--using textual examples from the medieval period to the present. Paper edition (unseen), $16.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Experiencing Anxious Power: Female Language, Body, and Self 3
Expressing Anxious Power: Formal Strategies in a Female Narrative Tradition: The Case of Swann: A Mystery 19
Pt. I Anxieties of Authorship
Christine Antygrafe: Authorial Ambivalence in the Works of Christine de Pizan 35
Our Bodies/Our Texts?: Renaissance Women and the Trials of Authorship 51
A Politics of Disguise: Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy's "Belle-Etoile" and the Narrative Structure of Ambivalence 73
Galesia, Jane Barker, and a Coming to Authorship 91
Pt. II "My Book My Pen and My - Lover": Reading, Writing, and Romance
The Word as Battleground in Jane Austen's Persuasion 107
"This Altogather Precious tho Wholy Worthless Book": The Diary of Mary Guion, 1800-1852 125
Power and Resistance in Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl 143
Mirroring the Mother-Text: Histories of Seduction in the American Domestic Novel 157
Charlotte Bronte and Desire (to Write): Pleasure and Prohibition 173
Sarah Grand's The Beth Book: The New Woman and the Ideology of the Romance Ending 185
Forbidden Reading and Ghostly Writing in Edith Wharton's "Pomegranate Seed" 197
Pt. III Developing Narratives of Differences
Willa Cather and the Fiction of Female Development 221
"How Do We [Not] Become These People Who Victimize Us?": Anxious Authorship in the Early Fiction of Joyce Carol Oates 235
Receiving the Other: The Feminine Economy of Clarice Lispector's The Hour of the Star 253
"What There Was before Language": Preliteracy in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon 265
Literary Tricksterism: Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts 279
Different Voices: The Re-Bildung of the Barrio in Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street 295
Pt. IV Reading and Writing Empowerment
Ambiguous Benefits: Reading and Writing in Feminist Metafiction 315
Letters from Nowhere: Fanny Howe's Forty Whacks and Feminine Identity 329
Scripted, Conscripted, and Circumscribed: Body Language in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale 349
Discourse as Power: Renouncing Denial 363
Notes on Contributors 379
Index 385
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