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

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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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A collection of essays that explores 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 discuss novels and poems, from the 17th century to the present, by British, American, and French male writers who speak as, through, or like the feminine. Paper edition (1994-0), $16.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780791419939
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1994
  • Pages: 207
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Literature, Theory, and the Question of Genders 1
The Mourner in the Flesh: George Herbert's Commemoration of Magdalen Herbert in Memoriae Matris Sacrum 13
Lyrical Ballads and the Language of (Men) Feeling: Writing Women's Voices 29
Border Disturbances: D. H. Lawrence's Fiction and the Feminism of Wuthering Heights 59
"To Write What Cannot Be Written": The Woman Writer and Male Authority in John Hawkes's Virginie: Her Two Lives 77
Diderot and the Nun: Portrait of the Artist as a Transvestite 89
"This Kind": Pornographic Discourse, Lesbian Bodies, and Paul Verlaine's Les Amies 107
The Woman in the Mirror: Randall Jarrell and John Berryman 123
William Faulkner as Lesbian Author 139
Objects of Postmodern "Masters": Subject-in-Simulation/Woman-in-Effect 157
The Politics of Aversion in Theory 173
Five Propositions on the Future of Men in Feminism 187
Two Conversations on Literature, Theory, and the Question of Genders 189
For Further Reading 201
List of Contributors 203
Index 205
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