Word.: On Being a [Woman] Writer

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From Barbara Kingsolver to Dorothy Allison, Isabel Allende to Nawal El Saddawi, some of the world’s most famous literary voices meditate on what it means to be a woman writer.

Despite their increased visibility, women who write are still thought of as different—sometimes celebrated, sometimes viewed with suspicion and condescension. Here, writers from all over the world explore, defy and embrace “the woman writer”: an indispensable muse to some, a troublesome burden to others; a...

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Overview

From Barbara Kingsolver to Dorothy Allison, Isabel Allende to Nawal El Saddawi, some of the world’s most famous literary voices meditate on what it means to be a woman writer.

Despite their increased visibility, women who write are still thought of as different—sometimes celebrated, sometimes viewed with suspicion and condescension. Here, writers from all over the world explore, defy and embrace “the woman writer”: an indispensable muse to some, a troublesome burden to others; a defiant, even life-threatening identity to others still. Taking nothing as given, these writers explore the varied pleasures and dangers of writing as woman in the contemporary world.

The choice to write is rarely considered free of consequences. For some of the writers in this collection, it has meant prison or exile; for others, it has required a defiance of traditions and expectations and a re-creation of identities and communities. For most, it demands a balancing act among family, practical needs and the undeniable will to create.

In essays that are deeply personal and fiercely political, these writers topple all fixed ideas of “the woman writer,” revealing themselves as utterly individual and powerfully interconnected authors of the written word, of the human heart, of what we dare to imagine as possible.

Contributors include: Diana Abu-Jaber, Isabel Allende, Meena Alexander, Dorothy Allison, Gioconda Bellí, Pat Califia, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Shashi Deshpande, Assia Djebar, Jessica Hagedorn, Joy Harjo, Barbara Kingsolver, Maxine Hong Kingston, Taslima Nasrin, Erica Jong, Rita Dove, Alia Mamdouh, Toni Morrison, Daphne Patai, Nawal el Saadawi, Patti Smith, Wislawa Szymborska, Yvonne Vera, Alice Walker and Rebecca Walker.

Jocelyn Burrell is an editor at the Feminist Press at CUNY, as well as a writer and performance poet.

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"My way of finding a place in this world is to write one," claims Barbara Kingsolver in her contribution to this collection of over 20 essays in which writers like Sandra Cisneros, Assia Djebar, bell hooks, Margaret Atwood, Eavan Boland, and Edwidge Danticat offer a view into their creative worlds. Arranged thematically, the essays are as divergent as their authors, all challenging the reader to think outside the box while addressing issues like globalization, terrorism, racism, sexism, seeking parental approval for becoming a writer, and attempting to write while juggling motherhood and other realities. Their diversity not only strengthens the collection as a whole but also reinforces its core theme: women writers are not cut from one mold. A brief description of the author's life and career precedes each essay. Overall, this collection serves as a powerful tool to challenge the 21st-century difficulties that women face, particularly violence, censorship, and marginalization. Academic and larger public libraries that have collections in literature and women's studies should consider purchasing this highly recommended work.-Erica Swenson Danowitz, American Univ. Lib., Washington, DC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558614673
  • Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Series: On Writing Herself Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Jocelyn Burrell is an editor at the Feminist Press at the City University of New York and managing editor of Women's Studies Quarterly. A writer and performance poet, she also studies painting at the Art Students League of New York. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, she now lives in Brooklyn.
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Table of Contents

Foreword : from margin to center
Editor's note
The structured silences of women : culture, censorship, and voice in a globalised market 3
Women who write too much 16
Lyric in a time of violence 24
Baghdad : these cities dying in our arms 38
On the line and the black pen 49
Writing near the bone 57
Word warrior 61
The world of poetry 69
Finding the groove 76
Only daughter 79
Why write? 83
The girl behind the smile 89
The semiotics of sex 101
Writing in the language of the other 112
Beyond survival : a politics/poetics of Puerto Rican consciousness 120
Writing with the body 130
On writing poetry 138
Stealing apples 148
The woman who slept with one eye open 154
The difficult miracle of black poetry in America or something like a sonnet for Phillis Wheatley 167
The interval 180
Women like us 201
Letter to a young woman poet 206
Acknowledgments 221
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