Transformations Of Domesticity In Modern Women's Writing

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Transformations of Domesticity in Modern Women's Writing makes new connections between feminist criticism of domestic ideology in the 19th century, modernist women's experiments with literary form, contemporary feminist debates about the politics of location, and postmodern theories of social space. The book identifies a coherent transition of women's writing that transforms domestic ideologies of "woman's place" by redefining the ideas about space that underlie that ideology. The result is to open the space of ...

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Overview

Transformations of Domesticity in Modern Women's Writing makes new connections between feminist criticism of domestic ideology in the 19th century, modernist women's experiments with literary form, contemporary feminist debates about the politics of location, and postmodern theories of social space. The book identifies a coherent transition of women's writing that transforms domestic ideologies of "woman's place" by redefining the ideas about space that underlie that ideology. The result is to open the space of gender identity to new relations of class and race.

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"Thomas Foster is a cutting edge critic with a unique literary vision that sets feminism, postmodernism, and Marxism to work on texts familiar and unfamiliar, in brilliant, and deeply historical, new readings. This book is a major landmark in cultural studies." — Jane Marcus, CUNY Graduate Centre, and City College of New York

"Foster's ambitious survey of ten modernist women writers demonstrates, with quiet brilliance, the creative and canny ways women have been renovating the ideology of home since at least as early as Dickinson - A serious, shrewd, and substantial book." — Diana Fuss, Princeton University

"Thomas Foster explores the double standpoint from which the writers he analyzes produce their work. He redefines the "domestic" sphere as a space that is at once within the home yet outside the conditions whereby the writers that he analyzes might be described as "belonging" there. Foster works at the cutting edge of women's studies, queer theory, gender studies and cultural studies and he adds an important critical standpoint to each of the locations he inhabits." — Donald E. Pease, Dartmouth College

"Raising the critical conversation on separate spheres to a brilliant theoretical pitch, Transformations of Domesticity in Modern Women's Writing revises our understanding of the complex inheritance of publicity and domesticity for modern women writers. Foster's erudite readings make the most of contemporary feminist discourses while illuminating the specificity of the modern period." — Robyn Wiegman, Duke University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333773475
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/18/2003
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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Thomas Foster is Associate Professor of English, Indiana University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1 What Comes after the Ideology of Separate Spheres? Women Writers and Modernism 1
2 Homelessness at Home: Placing Emily Dickinson (Women's) History 26
3 'We Are All Haunted Houses': H.D.'s (Dis)Location 45
4 'A Place for the Genuine': Marianne Moore's 'Poetry' 63
5 The Grounding of Modern Women's Fiction: Emily Holmes Coleman's The Shutter of Snow 83
6 'Can't One Live in More Places Than One?': Virginia Woolf's The Years 98
7 'Dream Made Flesh': Sexual Difference and Narratives of Revolution in Sylvia Townsend Warner's Summer Will Show 115
8 From Domestic Grounding to Domestic Play: Problems of Reproduction and Subversion in Gertrude Stein and Zora Neale Hurston 137
Notes 155
Works Cited 188
Index 208
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