Homemaking: Women Writers and the Politics and Poetics of Home

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First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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A collection of critical and creative work on the meaning of home for women writers worldwide, reevaluating the meanings of home, community, and relocation. Includes essays on works such as Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' Cross Creek, Gloria Naylor's Bailey's Cafe, and the work of Elizabeth Jolley, plus essays and poetry by noted women writers. Topics include Jewish women in the diaspora and lesbian constructions of home. For those in literature and women's studies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815320555
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Series: Gender and Genre in Literature Series , #8
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword
1 Perhaps the World Ends Here 3
2 Homeric Resonances: Longing and Belonging in Barbara Kingsolver's Animal Dreams 5
3 Writing Home: The Bible and Gloria Naylor's Bailey's Cafe 23
4 Beyond Silence 43
5 My Self, My Body, My World: Homemaking in the Fiction of Brigitte Kronauer 53
6 Home-Breaking and Making in the Novels of Elizabeth Jolley 71
7 Ironing Their Clothes 83
8 The Dream Detectives 85
9 Penetrating Privacy: Confessional Poetry and the Surveillance Society 87
10 Remembering China in Wild Swans and Life and Death in Shanghai 115
11 Keeping House: A Meditation on the Possibilities of the Essay 135
12 Unfamiliar Ties: Lesbian Constructions of Home and Family in Jeanette Winterson's Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Jewelle Gomez's The Gilda Stories 145
13 Harmony and Resistance in L'Amour, la fantasia's Algerian Women's Communities 175
14 Spices 201
To Whom It May Concern 205
15 Relocating Home and Identity in Zami: A New Spelling of My Name 207
16 Wild Lessons: Native Ecological Wisdom in Ruby Slipperjack's Fiction 223
17 Nature, Spirituality, and Homemaking in Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' Cross Creek 239
18 Guest to New York City 261
Man on the Terrace 262
19 Jewish Women in the Diaspora 263
20 Home 277
21 Untitled Letter 283
22 Yes, Something Did Happen in My Childhood 285
23 Imagined Communities in the Novels of Michelle Cliff 287
24 Refusing the Poisoned Chalice: The Sexual Politics of Rita Ann Higgins and Paula Meehan 313
25 Zehra Cirak: Foreign Wings on Familiar Shoulders 335
26 Helena Maria Viramontes' Homing Devices in Under the Feet of Jesus 361
27 How We Did It, from Scenes from a Childhood 383
Notes on the Contributors 385
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