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Rich and Strange : Gender, History, Modernism - Marianne DeKoven

Rich and Strange

Gender, History, Modernism

Paperback Published: 27th October 1991
ISBN: 9780691014968
Number Of Pages: 257

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Like the products of the "sea-change" described in Ariel's song in The Tempest, modernist writing is "rich and strange." Its greatness lies in its density and its dislocations, which have until now been viewed as a repudiation of and an alternative to the cultural implications of turn-of-the-century political radicalism. Marianne DeKoven argues powerfully to the contrary, maintaining that modernist form evolved precisely as a means of representing the terrifying appeal of movements such as socialism and feminism. Organized around pairs and groups of female-and male-signed texts, the book reveals the gender-inflected ambivalence of modernist writers. Male modernists, desiring utter change, nevertheless feared the loss of hegemony it might entail, while female modernists feared punishment for desiring such change. With water imagery as a focus throughout, DeKoven provides extensive new readings of canonical modernist texts and of works in the feminist and African-American canons not previously considered modernist. Building on insights of Luce Irigaray, Klaus Theweleit, and Jacques Derrida, she finds in modernism a paradigm of unresolved contradiction that enacts in the realm of form an alternative to patriarchal gender relations.

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Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
Toward the Modernist Narrative
Modernism under Erasurep. 19
A Different Story: "The Yellow Wallpaper" and The Turn of the Screwp. 38
Conrad and Others
Darker and Lower Down: The Eruption of Modernism in "Melanctha" and The Nigger of the "Narcissus"p. 67
The Vaginal Passage: Heart of Darkness and The Voyage Outp. 85
The Destructive Element: The Awakening and Lord Jimp. 139
In the Wake of Early Modernist Narrative
(Anti-)Canonical Modernismp. 179
After Modernismp. 208
Notesp. 217
Indexp. 245
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ISBN: 9780691014968
ISBN-10: 0691014965
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 257
Published: 27th October 1991
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.17