Faith Of A (Woman) Writer

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Overview

Reflecting the salient undercurrents of contemporary researh on women writers, this volume is an appraisal of the work of the writer as woman and presents critics' perceptions about how women writers have dealt with the complexity of changing female visions in the twentieth century. Each of the thirty-four essays, contributed by some of today's most distinguished writers, speaks to the work of a particular twentieth-century woman writer, and each constitutes a contribution to the scholarly debate. Questions are raised as to the appropriate posture a critic should adopt, and whether a critic of women's writing should deal with the work as the product of a woman's hand, dwelling on the sensibilities of the female consciousness, or assume that the proper point of departure remains the artistic and aesthetic norms that have emerged from generations of male-defined practice.

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Meet the Author

ALICE KESSLER-HARRIS is Professor of History at Hofstra University where she co-directs the Center for the Study of Work and Leisure.

WILLIAM MCBRIEN is Professor of English at Hofstra University, and editor, of the scholarly journal, Twentieth Century Literature.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

The (Woman) Writer by Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates's The Dead and Feminist Criticism by Elaine Showalter

Acts of Self-Creation: Female Identity in the Novels of Margaret Drabble by Anne Golomb Hoffman

"Grave Endearing Traditions": Edith Wharton and the Domestic Novel by Jeanne Boydston

Margaret Atwood, Margaret Laurence, and Their Nineteenth-Century Forerunners by Ann Edwards Boutelle

The Poetic World of Snezhina Slavova by Yuri V. Karageorge

Kay Boyel: In a Woman's Voice by Sandra Whipple Spanier

Two Women: The Transformations by Alison Rieke

Effects of Urbanization in the Novels of Christiane Rochefort by Anne D. Cordero

Irmgard Keun: A German Deviation by Livia Z. Wittmann

Charolette Bronte, Emily Bronte, and Jean Rhys: What Rhy's Letters Show about that Relationship by Joan Givner

Literary Criticism by Catherine R. Stimpson

Miles Franklin: Chronicler of the Australian Bush and Early Feminist by Paulette Rose

Edna St. Vincent Millay--Saint of the Modern Sonnet by Jean Gould

Domestic Comedy, Black Comedy, and Real Life: Shirley Jackson, A Woman Writer by Lynette Carpenter

Records of Survival: The Autobiographical Writings of Marieluise Fleisser and Marie Luise Kaschnitz by Ruth-Ellen B. Joeres

Jhabvala's Fiction: The Passage from India by Charmazel Dudt

Luise Rinser's Autobiographical Prose: Political Engagement and Feminist Awareness by Elke Frederiksen

Women and Choice--A New Look at Simone de Beauvoir and The Second Sex by Carol Ascher

Virginia, Virginius, Virginity by Louise A. DeSalvo

Sexual Politics and Female Heroism in the Novels of Christina Stead by LouiseYelin

Agnes Smedley's "Cell Mates": A Writer's Discovery of Voice, Form, and Subject in Prison by Judith A. Scheffler

The Transformation of Privilage in the Work of Elena Poniatowska by Bell Gale Chevigny

Marguerite Yourcenar's Sexual Politics in Fiction, 1939 by Judith L. Johnston

A Way of Ordering Experience: A Study of Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye and Sula by Robert Sargent

A Voice of Authority by Jane Marcus

Charlotte Delbo, A Woman/Book by Rosette C. Lamont

The Case of the Dangling Signifier: Phallic Imagery in Eudora Welty's "Moon Lake" by Patricia S. Yaeger

An End to Torment: H.D.'s Metonymic Course by Paul Smith

Leslie Stephen Revisited: A New Fragment of Virginia Woolf's "A Sketch of the Past" by Katherine C. Hill-Miller

Defeating the False God: Janie's Self-Determination in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God by Gay Wilentz

The Woman Warrior: Claiming Narrative Power, Recreating Female Selfhood by Joanne S. Frye

In Search of "Ordinary Human Happiness": Rebellion and Affirmation Mary Gordon's Novels by Susan Ward

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