The Madwoman in the Attic

The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination

Author: Sandra M. Gilbert,Susan Gubar

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300084580

Category: History

Page: 719

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In this work of feminist literary criticism the authors explore the works of many major 19th-century women writers. They chart a tangible desire expressed for freedom from the restraints of a confining patriarchal society and trace a distinctive female literary tradition.

Madness in Twentieth-century French Women's Writing

Author: Suzanne Dow

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039115402

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 207

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This book offers a discussion of the trope of madness in twentieth-century French women's writing, focusing on close readings of the following texts: Violette Leduc's "L'Asphyxie" (1946), Marguerite Duras's "Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein" (1964), Simone de Beauvoir's 'La Femme rompue' (1967), Marie Cardinal's "Les Mots pour le dire" (1975), Jeanne Hyvrard's "Les Prunes de Cythere" (1975) and "Mere la mort" (1976). The discussion traces the evolution in the way madness is taken up by women authors from the key period starting just prior to the emergence of second-wave feminism and culminating at the height of the "ecriture feminine" project. This study argues that madness offers itself up to these authors as a powerful means to convey a certain ambivalence towards changing contemporary ideas on the authority of authorship. On the one hand a highly enabling means to figure transgression, the madwoman is equally the repository for a twentieth-century 'anxiety of authorship' on the part of the woman writer."

Reading Women's Worlds from Christine de Pizan to Doris Lessing

A Guide to Six Centuries of Women Writers Imagining Rooms of Their Own

Author: S. Jansen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 023011881X

Category: Fiction

Page: 243

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In this work, Jansen explores a recurring theme in writing by women: the dream of finding or creating a private and secluded retreat from the world of men. These imagined "women's worlds" may be very small, a single room, for example, but many women writers are much more ambitious, fantasizing about cities, even entire countries, created for and inhabited exclusively by women.

Travelling in Different Skins

Gender Identity in European Women's Oriental Travelogues, 1850-1950

Author: Dúnlaith Bird

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199644160

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 271

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Travelling in Different Skins explores the ways in which travel creates gender trouble and motion destabilises identity. Through close readings of European women's Oriental travelogues from 1850-1950, including Olympe Audouard, Isabella Bird, Jane Dieulafoy and Freya Stark, the book shows how the 'perfect woman' is rewritten in the Other space of the Orient. As these women negotiate their way through the traditionally male arenas of colonialism,Orientalism and the adventure genre, they send home distorted, disturbing, appealing visions of modern female identity. Combining travel, post-colonial and gender theory, the book demonstrates howrather than domestic, localised contentment, women travellers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries explore cross-dressing, commerciality and performance. At the risk of going too far, becoming subject to social exclusion, they push out the physical, textual and geographical parameters by which women are defined. This monograph elaborates a new paradigm for considering women's travel writing, vagabondage, the endless, aching search for identity through motion.