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A Dialogue of Voices : Feminist Literary Theory and Bakhtin - Helen Wussow

A Dialogue of Voices

Feminist Literary Theory and Bakhtin

Paperback Published: 14th March 1994
ISBN: 9780816622962
Number Of Pages: 232

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A Dialogue of Voices was first published in 1994. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

The work of the Russian theorist Mikhail Bakhtin, particularly his notions of dialogics and genre, has had a substantial impact on contemporary critical practices. Until now, however, little attention has been paid to the possibilities and challenges Bakhtin presents to feminist theory, the task taken up in A Dialogue of Voices. The original essays in this book combine feminism and Bakhtin in unique ways and, by interpreting texts through these two lenses, arrive at new theoretical approaches. Together, these essays point to a new direction for feminist theory that originates in Bakhtin-one that would lead to a feminine être rather than a feminine écriture.

Focusing on feminist theorists such as Hélène Cixous, Teresa de Lauretis, Julia Kristeva, and Monique Wittig in conjunction with Bakhtin's concepts of dialogism, heteroglossia, and chronotope, the authors offer close readings of texts from a wide range of multicultural genres, including nature writing, sermon composition, nineteenth-century British women's fiction, the contemporary romance novel, Irish and French lyric poetry, and Latin American film. The result is a unique dialogue in which authors of both sexes, from several countries and different eras, speak against, for, and with one another in ways that reveal their works anew as well as the critical matrices surrounding them.

Karen Hohne is an independent scholar and artist living in Moorhead, Minnesota. Helen Wussow is an assistant professor of English at Memphis State University.

Introduction
"The Locus for the Other": Cixous, Bakhtin, and Women's writingp. 1
The Historical Poetics of Excrement: Yeats's Crazy Jane and the Irish Bishopsp. 20
ideological becoming: mikhail bakhtin, feminine ecriture, and julia kristevap. 42
Voidng Another Naturep. 59
Monstrous Dialogues: Erotic Discourse and the Dialogic Constitution of the Subject in Frankensteinp. 83
Desire and Temptation: Dialogism and the Carnivalesque in Category Romancesp. 97
Is Bakhtin a Feminist or Just Another Dead White Male? A Celebration of Possibilities in Manuel Puig's Kiss of the Spider Womanp. 114
The Ideological Intervention of Ambiguities in the Marriage Plot: Who Fails Marianne in Austen's Sense and Sensibility?p. 128
The Chronotope of the Asylum: Jane Eyre, Feminism and Bakhtinian Theory Suzanne Rosenthal Shumwayp. 152
On veult responce avoir: Pernette du Guillet's Dialogic Poeticsp. 171
Contributorsp. 199
Indexp. 201
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ISBN: 9780816622962
ISBN-10: 0816622965
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 14th March 1994
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.34