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Sylvia Plath and the Theatre of Mourning : Oxford English Monographs - Christina Britzolakis

Sylvia Plath and the Theatre of Mourning

Oxford English Monographs

Hardcover Published: 1st May 1999
ISBN: 9780198183730
Number Of Pages: 264

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The history of Plath's reception as a writer has been beset by the language of scandal. Psychobiographical speculation, combined with the controversy surrounding the posthumous publication of her work, has dominated critical debate at the expense of her poetic achievement. In new contrast, Sylvia Plath and the Theatre of Mourning offers a theoretically informed yet extremely readable engagement with the texts themselves. The book challenges the critical tendency to see Plath's writing in `confessional' terms and draws attention to the crucial and hitherto neglected dimension of self-reflexivity. Christina Britzolakis argues that Plath developed a theatrical conception of the speaking subject which made the work of mourning inseparable from its performance in language: she shows how Plath explored the potentialities and limits of figurative language, and also engaged with the legacy of modernism, to arrive at this distinctive mode. Interweaving close reading and theoretical reflection, Sylvia Plath and the Theatre of Mourning constructs a framework of interpretation which attends to the formal complexity of the texts without detaching them either from their historical moment or from contemporary debates about language, gender, and subjectivity.

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`at times an insightful study.' Tim Kendall, March 2001

Acknowledgements Abbreviations 1: Distorting Mirrors 2: Legacies and Dispossessions 3: Tending the Oracle 4: Gothic Subjectivity 5: The Spectacle of Femininity 6: Plath's Negations 7: Sylvia Plath and the Theatre of Mourning Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780198183730
ISBN-10: 0198183739
Series: Oxford English Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st May 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.83  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.43