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


Carol J. Singley and Susan Elizabeth Sweeney


Female Language, Body, and Self
Carol J. Singley


Formal Strategies in a Female Narrative Tradition: The Case of Swann: A Mystery
Susan Elizabeth Sweeney


Christine Antygrafe: Authorial Ambivalence in the Works of Christine de Pizan
Christine Moneera Laennec

Our Bodies / Our Texts?: Renaissance Women and the Trials of Authorship
Wendy Wall

A Politics of Disguise: Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy's "Belle-Etoile" and the Narrative Structure of Ambivalence
Patricia Hannon

Galesia, Jane Barker, and a Coming to Authorship
Kathryn R. King


The World as Battleground in Jane Austen's Persuasion
Julia Giordano

"This Altogether Precious tho Wholy Worthless Book": The Diary of Mary Guion, 1800-1852
Martha Tomhave Blauvelt

Power and Resistance in Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Debra Humphreys

Mirroring the Mother-Text: Histories of Seduction in the American Domestic Novel
Elizabeth L. Barnes

Charlotte Bronte and Desire (to Write): Pleasure and Prohibition
Patricia E. Johnson

Sarah Grand's The Beth Book: The New Woman and the Ideology of the Romance Ending
Terri Doughty

Forbidden Reading and Ghostly Writing in Edith Wharton's "Pomegranate Seed"
Carol J. Singley and Susan Elizabeth Sweeney


Willa Cather and the Fiction of Female Development
Judith Fetterley

"How Do We [Not] Become These People Who Victimize Us?": Anxious Authorship in the Early Fiction of Joyce Carol Oates
Brenda O. Daly

Receiving the Other: The Feminine Economy of Clarice Lispector's The Hour of the Star
Deborah J. Archer

"What There Was before Language": Preliteracy in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon
Deborah L. Clarke

Literary Tricksterism: Maxine Hong Kingston's The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts
Bonnie TuSmith

Different Voices: The Re-Bildung of the Barrio in Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street
Leslie S. Gutierrez-Jones


Ambiguous Benefits: Reading and Writing in Feminist Metafiction
Gayle Greene

Letters from Nowhere: Fanny Howe's Forty Whacks and Feminine Identity
Johnny Payne

Scripted, Conscripted, and Circumscribed: Body Language in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale
Sheila C. Conboy

Discourse as Power: Renouncing Denial
Diane P. Freedman

Notes on Contributors


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