Genders 23: Bodies of Writing, Bodies in Performance

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What do narratives by British suffragettes of being forcibly fed have in common with the representation of indigenous women in Canadian police archives? How are literary representations of domestic violence related to the use of silence as a strategy of resistance in African American women's writing? How are modernist fictions of gay male desire connected with ambiguous sexual performances in rock music or with images of Vietnam veterans in American horror movies? What does a narrative of women's participation in...

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Overview

What do narratives by British suffragettes of being forcibly fed have in common with the representation of indigenous women in Canadian police archives? How are literary representations of domestic violence related to the use of silence as a strategy of resistance in African American women's writing? How are modernist fictions of gay male desire connected with ambiguous sexual performances in rock music or with images of Vietnam veterans in American horror movies? What does a narrative of women's participation in Bengali national resistance movements share with an ethnographic study of prostitution in Papua New Guinea?

These are the some of the specific questions raised by the essays in this volume, which examines a wide variety of historical and cultural locations where differently sexed, gendered, and racialized bodies have been constructed. More generally, this volume addresses theoretical debates over whether embodiment is best understood through representations or performances. Are bodies written or enacted? The different answers to these questions have important consequences for how we understand the inscription of bodies with systems of power and the possibilities that exist for resisting those systems.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780814726464
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Series: Genders Ser.
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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Thomas A. Foster is associate professor of history at DePaul University, in Chicago, and author of Sex and the Eighteenth-Century Man: Massachusetts and the History of Sexuality in America and the editor of Long Before Stonewall: Histories of Same-Sex Sexuality in Early America (NYU Press, 2007).

Carol Siegel is Associate Professor of English at Washington State University, Vancouver and author of Lawrence Among the Women: Wavering Boundaries in Women's Literary Traditions and Male Masochism: Modern Revisions of the Story of Love.

Ellen E. Berry is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Women's Studies program at Bowling Green State University.

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Table of Contents

1 Writing on the Body? Representation, and Resistance in British Suffragette, Accounts of Forcible Feeding 3
2 Literary Representations of Battered Women: Spectacular Domestic Punishment 42
3 Resistant Silence, Resistant Subject: (Re)Reading Gayl Jones's Eva's Man 72
4 "The Ballad of the Sad Cafe" and Other Stories of Women's Wartime Labor 97
5 E. M. Forster's Queer Nation: Taking the Closet to the Colony in A Passage to India 123
6 Engendering the Armed Struggle: Women, Writing, and the Bengali "Terrorist" Movement 145
7 The Power in Written Bodies: Gender, Decolonization, and the Archive 184
8 Bad Canoes and Bafalo: The Political Economy of Sex on Daru Island, Western Province, Papua New Guinea 212
9 A Terrible Beauty Is Born: Henry James, Aestheticism, and Homosexual Panic 247
10 Music of the "Fourth Gender": Morrissey and the Sexual Politics of Melodic Contour 266
11 Lost Boys and Angry Ghouls: Vietnam's Undead 297
Contributors 335
Guidelines for Prospective Contributors 337
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