Men Writing the Feminine: Literature, Theory, and the Question of Genders

Men Writing the Feminine: Literature, Theory, and the Question of Genders

by Thais E. Morgan
     
 

What happens when a male author writes the feminine? Can a male author completely identify with a woman? Or does a male author always write through a woman's voice for purposes of his own? This fascinating collection explores these and other questions about gender and writing from a wide range of theoretical perspectives, including psychoanalysis, semiotics,… See more details below

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What happens when a male author writes the feminine? Can a male author completely identify with a woman? Or does a male author always write through a woman's voice for purposes of his own? This fascinating collection explores these and other questions about gender and writing from a wide range of theoretical perspectives, including psychoanalysis, semiotics, deconstruction, feminism, postmodernism, and discourse analysis. The introductory essay provides an overview of current issues and methodologies in gender theory, while the 11 essays in the book discuss novels and poems, from the seventeenth century to the present, by British, American, and French male writers who speak as, through, or like the feminine. Authors considered in this book include George Herbert, William Wordsworth, John Hawkes, Denis Diderot, Paul Verlaine, Randall Jarrell, John Berryman, William Faulkner, Thomas Pychon, Jacques Derrida, and Jacques Lacan. The collection ends with a piece on the future of men in feminism, a discussion of women's and gay and lesbian studies, and a debate on future directions in gender theory. Also included is a selected bibliography of recent books of interest to scholars and students working on literature, theory, and gender. Men Writing the Feminine is designed for use in advanced undergraduate and graduate courses. It addresses men as well as women and promotes dialogue about the variety of gender positions represented in literature and theory.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791419939
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/01/1994
Pages:
207
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Literature, Theory, and the Question of Genders1
The Mourner in the Flesh: George Herbert's Commemoration of Magdalen Herbert in Memoriae Matris Sacrum13
Lyrical Ballads and the Language of (Men) Feeling: Writing Women's Voices29
Border Disturbances: D. H. Lawrence's Fiction and the Feminism of Wuthering Heights59
"To Write What Cannot Be Written": The Woman Writer and Male Authority in John Hawkes's Virginie: Her Two Lives77
Diderot and the Nun: Portrait of the Artist as a Transvestite89
"This Kind": Pornographic Discourse, Lesbian Bodies, and Paul Verlaine's Les Amies107
The Woman in the Mirror: Randall Jarrell and John Berryman123
William Faulkner as Lesbian Author139
Objects of Postmodern "Masters": Subject-in-Simulation/Woman-in-Effect157
The Politics of Aversion in Theory173
Five Propositions on the Future of Men in Feminism187
Two Conversations on Literature, Theory, and the Question of Genders189
For Further Reading201
List of Contributors203
Index205

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