No Man's Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century, Volume 2: Sexchanges / Edition 1

No Man's Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century, Volume 2: Sexchanges / Edition 1

by Sandra M. Gilbert, Susan Gubar
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300050259

ISBN-13: 9780300050257

Pub. Date: 01/23/1991

Publisher: Yale University Press

What might sex be, and what could sex roles be, in the midst of a war between men and women? What is a "woman," a "man," an "androgyne"? Such questions haunt the works Gilbert and Gubar study in Sexchanges, the second volume of their landmark trilogy No Man's Land. Investigating the connections between the feminine and the modern made by writers from Rider Haggard,

Overview

What might sex be, and what could sex roles be, in the midst of a war between men and women? What is a "woman," a "man," an "androgyne"? Such questions haunt the works Gilbert and Gubar study in Sexchanges, the second volume of their landmark trilogy No Man's Land. Investigating the connections between the feminine and the modern made by writers from Rider Haggard, Olive Schreiner, and Kate Chopin to Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, D.H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, and Caryl Churchill, they show that the "no man's land" of the Great War became a metaphor for a crisis of masculinity-a crisis that was already associated with the decline of imperialism and the rise of the femme fatale at the fin de siecle, with the newly visible lesbian literary community that was formed in those years and with what many thinkers increasingly understood to be the artifice of gender. Throughout this century, the therefore argue, images of sexchanges-explored in fictions about transvestism and transsexualism-constituted a set of striking tropes through which male and female writers sought to combat one another's conceptions of the relation between anatomy and destiny.

"[This book] will set the direction of feminist criticism for the nest generation of students and scholars."-Walter Kendrick, New York Times Book Review

"For the scholar, it will become an indispensable critical text, but it also will reward the thoughtful general reader with a great deal of insight into this extraordinarily complex century in which we live."-Deirdre Bair, Philadelphia Inquirer

"A provocative work, characterized by . . . wit and erudition."-Elyse Blankley, Women's Review of Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300050257
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
01/23/1991
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
483
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
I. Feminism and Fantasy
Heart of Darkness: The Agon of the Femme Fatale
3(44)
Home Rule: The Colonies of the New Woman
47(36)
The Second Coming of Aphrodite: Kate Chopin's Fantasy of Desire
83(40)
II. Feminization and its Discontents
Angel of Devastation: Edith Wharton on the Arts of the Enslaved
123(46)
Lighting Out for the Territories: Willa Cather's Lost Horizons
169(46)
III. Reinventing Gender
"She Meant What I Said": Lesbian Double Talk
215(43)
Soldier's Heart: Literary Men, Literary Women, and the Great War
258(66)
Cross-Dressing and Re-Dressing: Transvestism as Metaphor
324(53)
Notes 377(60)
Index 437(18)
Acknowledgments, following 455

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