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Elizabeth Bowen : A Reputation in Writing - Renee C. Hoogland

Elizabeth Bowen

A Reputation in Writing

Hardcover Published: 1st June 1994
ISBN: 9780814735015
Number Of Pages: 390

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Immensely popular during her lifetime, the Ango-Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) has since been treated as a peripheral figure on the literary map. If only in view of her prolific outputten novels, nearly eighty short stories, and a substantial body of non- fictionBowen is a noteworthy novelist. The radical quality of her work, however, renders her an exceptional one.

Surfacing in both subject matter and style, her fictions harbor a subversive potential which has hitherto gone unnoticed. Using a wide range of critical theories-from semiotics to psychoanalysis, from narratology to deconstruction-this book presents a radical re-reading of a selection of Bowen's novels from a lesbian feminist perspective.

Taking into account both cultural contexts and the author's non-fictional writings, the book's main focus is on configurations of gender and sexuality. Bowen's fiction constitutes an exploration of the unstable and destabilizing effects of sexuality in the interdependent processes of subjectivity and what she herself referred to as so-called reality.

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"Lively and topical. Firmly anchored in contemporary theory, Hoogland's analyses are witty and original, stylishly written and convincing. She confirms what one always suspected about adolescence, agency and identity in Bowen's heroines, and places Elizabeth Bowen in a startling context which is bound to bring her a whole new generation of attentive readers."

-Jane Marcus, CUNY Graduate Center

Introduction: Elizabeth Bowen - A Story of Sortsp. 1
Technologies of Female Adolescencep. 24
The Ideological Timespace of The Last September (1919)p. 24
The Interpellation of the Adolescentp. 39
Authoring Sexual Identitiesp. 72
Sexual Position(ing)sp. 72
Interpretation, Transference, and Authorial Controlp. 93
Histories of Narrative Desirep. 107
The Fictitious Reality of The Heat of the Day (1949)p. 107
The Historical Inscription of the Selfp. 125
The Discourse of Suspensionp. 154
Heterosexual Materialsp. 154
Discourse in Crisisp. 194
Subtexts of Psychosexualityp. 206
The Inscription of Creation in Eva Trout (1969)p. 206
(Pre)oedipal Love and the Symbolic Motherp. 223
Sexual/Textual Transgressionsp. 249
Scriptural Encodingsp. 249
The Mother's Tongue and Female Authorshipp. 278
From Marginality to Ex-centricityp. 291
(Post)modernist Identificationsp. 291
Sexual In/Differencep. 300
Ex-centric Interpellationsp. 309
Notesp. 313
Bibliographyp. 345
Indexp. 357
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ISBN: 9780814735015
ISBN-10: 0814735010
Series: Cutting Edge: Lesbian Life and Literature
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 390
Published: 1st June 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.71