ISBN-10:
079142622X
ISBN-13:
9780791426227
Pub. Date:
09/28/1995
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Scheming Women: Poetry, Privilege, and the Politics of Subjectivity

Scheming Women: Poetry, Privilege, and the Politics of Subjectivity

by Cynthia Hogue

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Scheming Women: Poetry, Privilege, and the Politics of Subjectivity

This book uses post structuralist, psychoanalytic, and feminist theories to read the poetry of Dickinson, Moore, H.D., and Rich.

Scheming Women charts a trajectory of American female poetic speakers from within a heterosexual lyric framework to bisexual and lesbian subjects outside that pervasive frame. In close readings of Dickinson, Moore, H.D., and Rich, the author makes a new argument about the division that permeates their poetic speaking subjects. Postulating a revolutionary female subject, she extends Julia Kristeva’s theory of poetic language through an intertextual approach, and shows that these relatively advantaged female poets destructure the very poetic power they are able to assert. Hogue concludes that in not reproducing positions of dominance and privilege indicative of larger cultural trends, these key poets exemplify important alternatives to class, race, and gender hierarchies—persuasively demonstrating the promise of what she terms an ethical feminist poetic practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791426227
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 09/28/1995
Series: SUNY series in Feminist Criticism and Theory Series
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Cynthia Hogue is Assistant Professor of English at Bucknell University. She has previously published two collections of poetry, The Women in Red and Where the Parallels Cross.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Preface

1. Conceiving a Girl: Introduction to a Female Poetic Subjectivity

2. "I Did'nt Be-Myself": Emily Dickinson's Semiotics of Presence

3. Less is Moore: Moore's Poetic Subject

4. Equi/Vocations: H.D.'s Demasculinization of the Subject in Helen in Egypt

5. Living with/in Difference: Adrienne Rich's Double Vision

Notes

Works Cited

Index

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