Beyond the Pale

Beyond the Pale

Set in Russia and New York during the early twentieth century and touching on the hallmarks of the Progressive Era—the Women’s Trade Union League, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911, anarchist and socialist movements, ...

Author: Elana Dykewomon

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781480434226

Category: Fiction

Page: 406

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Winner of the Lambda Literary Award: “A page-turner that brings to life turn-of-the-century New York’s Lower East Side.” —Library Journal Born in a Russian-Jewish settlement, Gutke Gurvich is a midwife who immigrates to New York’s Lower East Side with her partner, a woman passing as a man. Their story crosses with that of Chava Meyer, a girl who was attended by Gutke at her birth and was later orphaned during the Kishinev pogrom of 1903. Chava has come to America with the family of her cousin Rose, and the two girls begin working at fourteen. As they live through the oppression and tragedies of their time, Chava and Rose grow to become lovers—and search for a community they can truly call their own. Set in Russia and New York during the early twentieth century and touching on the hallmarks of the Progressive Era—the Women’s Trade Union League, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911, anarchist and socialist movements, women’s suffrage, anti-Semitism—Elana Dykewomon’s Beyond the Pale is a richly detailed and moving story, offering a glimpse into a world that is often overlooked. “A wonderful novel.” —Sarah Waters
Categories: Fiction

Contemporary Capitalism Crisis and the Politics of Fiction

Contemporary Capitalism  Crisis  and the Politics of Fiction

The word “woman” barely escaped beyond-the-pale. (152) The spatial metaphor neatly captures the substance of the crisis unleashed by these women's autonomous formulation of needs and behaviours in the novel. For “beyond the pale” ...

Author: Roberto del Valle Alcalá

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000750898

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 152

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Contemporary Capitalism, Crisis, and the Politics of Fiction: Literature Beyond Fordism proposes a fresh approach to contemporary fictional engagements with the idea of crisis in capitalism and its various social and economic manifestations. The book investigates how late-twentieth and twenty-first-century Anglophone fiction has imagined, interpreted, and in most cases resisted, the collapse of the socio-economic structures built after the Second World War and their replacement with a presumably immaterial order of finance-led economic development. Through a series of detailed readings of the words of authors Martin Amis, Hari Kunzru, Don DeLillo, Zia Haider Rahman, John Lanchester, Paul Murray and Zadie Smith among others, this study sheds light on the embattled and decidedly unstable nature of contemporary capitalism.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Understanding Contemporary Irish Fiction and Drama

Understanding Contemporary Irish Fiction and Drama

Considering the book's title, one would expect the time line to begin in 1900; but in fact it begins in 1782.1 This is one ... 3 William Trevor's “Beyond the Pale” and Bernard MacLaverty's Cal, both of which take place in the 1970s, ...

Author: Margaret Hallissy

Publisher: Univ of South Carolina Press

ISBN: 9781611176636

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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In Understanding Contemporary Irish Fiction and Drama, Margaret Hallissy examines the work of a cross-section of important Irish writers of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries who are representative of essential issues and themes in the canon of contemporary Irish literature. Included are early figures John Millington Synge and James Joyce; dramatists Brian Friel, Conor McPherson, and Tom Murphy; and prize-winning contemporary fiction writers such as Edna O’Brien, Joseph O’Connor, William Trevor, Roddy Doyle, and Colum McCann. Each chapter focuses on one significant representative piece of contemporary Irish fiction or drama by filling in its cultural, historical, and literary background. Hallissy identifies a key theme or key event in the Irish past essential to understanding the work. She then analyzes earlier literary compositions with the same theme and through a close reading of the contemporary work provides context for that background. The chapters are organized chronologically by relevant historical events, with thematic discussions interspersed. Background pieces were chosen for their places in Irish literature and the additional insight they provide into the featured works.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Novel Approaches to Lesbian History

Novel Approaches to Lesbian History

... Dykewomon's Beyond the Pale (1997). Chava, Kathleen, and Rose Stewart all become labor activists in New York, organizing sweatshop workers to strike for better wages, shorter hours, and safe workplaces. Because both novels revolve ...

Author: Linda Garber

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030854171

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 195

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Novel Approaches to Lesbian History tells a tale about history and community in our allegedly post-identity era, examining contemporary novels that depict lesbian characters in recognizable historical situations. These imaginative stories provide a politically vital, speculative past in the face of a sketchy, problematic archive. Among the memorable characters in some 200 novels are pirates, cowgirls, and famous artists, ghosts and time travellers, immigrants and lovers. The best lesbian historical novels are conscientious and buoyant as they engage critical historiographical questions, but Novel Approaches also discusses the class and race biases that weigh on the genre. Some lesbian historical novels are based on archival evidence, others on conjecture or fantasy, but all convey the true fact that identity is elusive without a past, without which its future is nearly impossible.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Bachelors Manhood and the Novel 1850 1925

Bachelors  Manhood  and the Novel  1850   1925

corpus of work by taking up two novels narrated by Conrad's most famous bachelor narrator and by grouping these two ... The ''I'' of the bachelor, a masculine subject position that is at once both within and beyond the pale, ...

Author: Katherine V. Snyder

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139426244

Category: Literary Criticism

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Katherine Snyder's study explores the significance of the bachelor narrator, a prevalent but little-recognised figure in premodernist and modernist fiction by male authors, including Hawthorne, James, Conrad, Ford and Fitzgerald. Snyder demonstrates that bachelors functioned in cultural and literary discourse as threshold figures who, by crossing the shifting, permeable boundaries of bourgeois domesticity, highlighted the limits of conventional masculinity. The very marginality of the figure, Snyder argues, effects a critique of gendered norms of manhood, while the symbolic function of marriage as a means of plot resolution is also made more complex by the presence of the single man. Bachelor figures made, moreover, an ideal narrative device for male authors who themselves occupied vexed cultural positions. By attending to the gendered identities and relations at issue in these narratives, Snyder's study discloses the aesthetic and political underpinnings of the traditional canon of English and American male modernism.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The English Novel Vol I

The English Novel  Vol I

Thus under the opprobrious terms 'romance' and 'novel' they include: the artificial, idealistic, and long out of ... the (old) novel appears as beyond the pale, appropriately relegated to the curious heap of surpassed cultural forms.

Author: Richard W. F. Kroll

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317896005

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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The English Novel, Volume I:1700 to Fielding collects a series of previously-published essays on the early eighteenth-century novel in a single volume, reflecting the proliferation of theoretical approaches since the 1970s. The novel has been the object of some of the most exciting and important critical speculations, and the eighteenth-century novel has been at the centre of new approaches both to the novel and to the period between 1700 and 1750. Richard Kroll's introduction seeks to frame the contributions by reference to the most significant critical discussions. These include: the question of whether and how we can talk about the 'rise' of the novel; the vexed question of what might constitute a novel; the relationship between the novel and possibly competing genres such as history or the romance; the relationship between early male writers like Defoe and popular novels by women in the early eighteenth century; the general ideological role played by novels relative to eighteenth-century culture (are they means of ideological conscription or liberation?); poststructuralist analyses of identity and gender; and the emergence of sentimental and domestic codes after Richardson. Since the modern European novel is often thought to have been formed in this period, these debates have clear implications for students of the novel in general as well as for those interested in the early enlightenment. Headnotes place each essay within the map of these wider concerns, and the volume offers a useful further reading list. Taken as a whole, this collection encapsulates the state of criticism at the present moment.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Emergence of the Latin American Novel

The Emergence of the Latin American Novel

beyond the pale of civilization in Latin America . As a first - person narrator who provides a link between antithetical geographical and cultural extremes , and who effectively goes back in time , from the modern city to the cyclic ...

Author: Gordon Brotherston

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521214785

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 180

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This survey concentrates on the modern novel of Spanish-speaking America. Dr Brotherston starts with a long and suggestive introduction on the general topic 'settings and people', showing the growth of a sense of Latin American identity in the fiction produced in the continent as a whole. There follow detailed studies of individual modern novels, taken as representative of their time, their author, their country and the continent. A conclusion surveys and sums up these themes. The analytical studies of important and representative novels, related to each other in theme and preoccupation, the substantial quotations (in English), the notes and the useful bibliography, make this a book which gives students and other readers a well-considered introduction to the Spanish American fiction of this century.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Irish Novel at the End of the Twentieth Century

The Irish Novel at the End of the Twentieth Century

While Scotland has Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting and the collection of short fiction, Acid Plaid, ... For Derriers, meanwhile, the universe is Derrycentric, and everything outside Derry is but a (beyond the) pale imitation of the real ...

Author: J. Jeffers

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137095541

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 207

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The Irish Novel at the End of the Twentieth Century: Gender, Bodies and Power interprets a wide variety of the most interesting Irish novels of the last ten years of the century from a perspective that focuses on the regulated sexual and constructed gendered body. The demarcating line of identity-the perennial Irish problem-can be gauged at the basic level of sexual and gender identity in contrast to or in alliance with political, social, religious or cultural norms. All mechanisms that have gone into controlling the body-gender regulation, violence, desire, religious taboos-can all be reinterpreted through the body in motion.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Novel

The Novel

Bernard Malamud's 1979 novel Dubin's Lives is about a Jewish biographer—differently beyond the pale—engaged in writing a life of Lawrence, a book in which the biographer is overcome by his subject and in middle age experiments with sex, ...

Author: Michael Schmidt

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674724730

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1187

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The 700-year history of the novel in English defies straightforward telling. Encompassing a range of genres, it is geographically and culturally boundless and influenced by great novelists working in other languages. Michael Schmidt, choosing as his travel companions not critics or theorists but other novelists, does full justice to its complexity.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Bridges to Science Fiction and Fantasy

Bridges to Science Fiction and Fantasy

It is a universe both quintessentially sciencefictional and beyond the pale of textual science fiction. Powers's outrageously inspired cover for this novel gives us a subtle example ...

Author: Gregory Benford,

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476631936

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 271

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 The J. Lloyd Eaton Conferences on Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature—long held at the University of California, Riverside—have been a major influence in the study of science fiction and fantasy for thirty years. The conferences have attracted leading scholars whose papers are published in Eaton volumes found in university libraries throughout the world. This collection brings together 22 of the best papers—most with new afterwords by the authors—presented in chronological order to show how science fiction and fantasy criticism has evolved since 1979.
Categories: Literary Criticism