The Sadeian Woman

An Exercise in Cultural History

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Author: Angela Carter

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0349008140

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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Sexuality is power' - so says the Marquis de Sade, philosopher and pornographer extraordinaire. His virtuous Justine keeps to the rules laid down by men, her reward rape and humiliation; his Juliette, Justine's triumphantly monstrous antithesis, viciously exploits her sexuality. In a world where all tenderness is false, all beds are minefields. But now Sade has met his match. With invention and genius, Angela Carter takes on these outrageous figments of his extreme imagination, and transforms them into symbols of our time - the Hollywood sex goddesses, mothers and daughters, pornography, even the sacred shrines of sex and marriage lie devastatingly exposed before our eyes. Angela Carter delves into the viscera of our distorted sexuality and reveals a dazzling vision of love which admits neither of conqueror nor of conquered.

Promoting and Producing Evil

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Author: Nancy Billias

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042029390

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 308

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The essays in this volume provide rich fodder for reflection on topics that are of urgent interest to all thinking people. Each one suggests new ways to contemplate our own role(s) in the production and promotion of evil. The authors encourage the reader to be challenged, outraged, and disturbed by what you read here. The eighth gathering of Global Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness, which took place in Salzburg in March 2007, provided a look at evil past, present, and future, from a broad spectrum of disciplinary perspectives. Papers were presented on the Holocaust, genocide, violence, sadism, pædophilia, physical, verbal, and visual weapons of mass destruction, and on the effects of a variety of media on our apperception of and responses to evil. One of the overarching themes that emerged was the ethical role of the observer or witness to evil, the sense that all of our writings are, in an echo of Thomas Merton's salient phrase, the conjectures of guilty bystanders. The notion of complicity was examined from a number of angles, and imbued the gathering with a sense of urgency: that our common goal was to engender change by raising awareness of the countless and ubiquitous ways in which evil can be actively or passively carried on and promoted. The papers selected for this volume provide a representative sample of the lively, provocative, and often disturbing discussions that took place over the course of that conference. This volume also contains a few papers from a sister conference, Cultures of Violence, which was held in Oxford in 2004. These papers have been included here because of their striking relevance to the themes that emerged in the Evil conference of 2007. At the Interface/Probing the Boundaries seeks to encourage and promote cutting edge interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary projects and inquiry. By bringing people together from differing contexts, disciplines, professions, and vocations, the aim is to engage in conversations that are innovative, imaginative, and creatively interactive. Inter-Disciplinary dialogue enables people to go beyond the boundaries of what they usually encounter and share in perspectives that are new, challenging, and richly rewarding. This kind of dialogue often illuminates one's own area of work, is suggestive of new possibilities for development, and creates exciting horizons for future conversations with persons from a wide variety of national and international settings. By sharing cross-disciplinary insights and perspectives, ATI/PTB publications are designed to be both exploratory examinations of particular areas and issues, and rigorous inquiries into specific subjects. Books in the series are enabling resources which will encourage sustained and creative dialogue, and become the future resource for further inquiries and research.

Myth and Fairy Tale in Contemporary Women's Fiction

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Author: Susan Sellers

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1403919208

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 210

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Woman as gorgon, woman as temptress: the classical and biblical mythology which has dominated Western thinking defines women in a variety of patriarchally encoded roles. This study addresses the surprising persistence of mythical influence in contemporary fiction. Opening with the question 'what is myth?', the first section provides a wide-ranging review of mythography. It traces how myths have been perceived and interpreted by such commentators as Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Bruno Bettelheim, Roland Barthes, Jack Zipes and Marina Warner. This leads to an examination of the role that mythic narrative plays in social and self formation, drawing on the literary, feminist and psychoanalytic theories of Julia Kristeva, Luce Irigaray, Helene Cixous and Judith Butler to delineate the ways in which women's mythos can transcend the limitations of logos and give rise to potent new models for individual and cultural regeneration. In this light, Susan Sellers offers challenging new readings of a wide range of contemporary women's fiction, including works by A. S. Byatt, Angela Carter, Anne Rice, Michele Roberts, Emma Tennant and Fay Weldon. Topics explored include fairy tale as erotic fiction, new religious writing, vampires and gender-bending, mythic mothers, genre fiction, the still-persuasive paradigm of feminine beauty, and the radical potential of comedy.

The Infernal Desires of Angela Carter

Fiction, Femininity, Feminism

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Author: Joseph Bristow,Trev Lynn Broughton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131788745X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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Drawing on many aspects of contemporary feminist theory, this lively collection of essays assesses Angela Carter's polemical fictions of desire. Carter, renowned for her irreverent wit, was one of the most gifted, subversive, and stylish British writers to emerge in the 1960s.

The Power of Form

Recycling Myths

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Author: Ana Raquel Fernandes,José Pedro Serra,Rui Carlos Fonseca

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443875945

Category: Fiction

Page: 250

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Although positivism dismissed myths as childish fancy, bound to be superseded by reason, there has been a continuous reappraisal of the power of myths since the 19th century. Once viewed as primitive and unreliable accounts and an inadequate and distorted form of knowledge, myths came to be perceived as exemplary narratives, consisting of rich and complex symbolic constructs that carry meaning and a connection to reality. Myths then came to be regarded as a privileged expression of the human soul and of its possibly submerged and unconscious abysses and dramas. Rather than inherently obscure and elusive to a rational grasp, mythical narratives would therefore be driven by logical reasoning, giving shape to a particular worldview of life and humankind. The enduring power of mythical narrative is attested to by its very plasticity, subject to multiple recreations informed by changing concerns and insights. Mythical narratives have thus attracted the interest of various disciplines, from ethnology and history to philosophy, literature, sociology, politics, the history of religions and art history. This interdisciplinary volume studies how myths are inscribed and recycled within both individual and collective heritage, and examines the personal and political implications of multifaceted engagement with myths as one of the forms through which societies try to make sense of their perplexities.

Nora verlässt ihr Puppenheim

Autorinnen des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts und ihr Beitrag zur ästhetischen Innovation

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Author: Waltraud Wende

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783476452399

Category: Literature, Modern

Page: 325

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Psychoanalyses / Feminisms

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Author: Peter L. Rudnytsky,Andrew Gordon

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791443774

Category: Psychology

Page: 238

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Brings together 12 provocative and iconoclastic contributions by leading scholars and new voices, probing the complementary yet contested relations between various forms of contemporary psychoanalysis and feminism. Contributors use and interrogate Freud, Lacan, Klein, and Jessica Benjamin, as well as object-relations theory, self psychology, and Horneyan theory, as they discuss the work of such writers as D. H. Lawrence, Emily Bronte, and Kathy Acker. Material stems from an April 1994 conference held at the University of Florida.

The Female Figure in Contemporary Historical Fiction

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Author: K. Cooper,E. Short

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137283386

Category: Social Science

Page: 241

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From The Other Boleyn Girl to Fingersmith , this collection explores the popularity of female-centred historical novels in recent years. It asks how these representations are influenced by contemporary gender politics, and whether they can be seen as part of a wider feminist project to recover women's history.

Das Ende von Alice

Roman

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Author: A.M. Homes

Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch

ISBN: 3462320386

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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Dieser Roman von A.M. Homes löste einen Skandal aus – jetzt ist er auch als E-Book erhältlich Als A.M. Homes’ Roman Das Ende von Alice 1996 in den USA erschien, sorgte er für heftigste Diskussionen, die selbst bis nach Deutschland überschwappten. Kein Verlag traute sich damals, das Buch auf Deutsch herauszubringen. Heute gehört A.M. Homes zu den anerkanntesten Schriftstellerinnen der Gegenwart. Seit 23 Jahren sitzt Chappy, der Erzähler des Romans, im Gefängnis, er verbüßt eine lebenslange Haftstrafe für den Mord an der zwölfeinhalbjährigen Alice Somerfield und hofft auf baldige Freilassung. Im Gefängnis erhält er Briefe von einem neunzehnjährigen Mädchen, das vorgibt, Chappy zu bewundern. Sie selbst verbringt die Sommerferien in ihrem Elternhaus und hat ein Auge auf den zwölfjährigen Nachbarsjungen geworfen. Zwischen Chappy und dem jungen Mädchen entwickelt sich eine Brieffreundschaft, die um Begehren und Perversionen kreist. Das Perfide und eigentliche Skandalon dieses Romans ist neben den zahllosen geschilderten Widerwärtigkeiten die konsequent durchgehaltene Perspektive eines Menschen, dem es normal erscheint, Kinder sexuell zu begehren.Das Ende von Alice ist ohne Zweifel ein hochkontroverser Roman, in seiner Wirkung vergleichbar mit Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho. Und wie dieser eine literarische Herausforderung. »A.M. Homes ist für mich und andere Schriftsteller meiner Generation eine echte Heldin.« Zadie Smith »Somerset Maugham schrieb: ›Das Normale ist die Ausnahme in der Welt.‹ Für jeden von uns, der glaubt, das Normale sei offensichtlich und ausschließlich von uns selbst zu definieren, liefert A.M. Homes’ Roman ein starkes, verstörendes Gegenmittel.« New York Times Book Review »Der Grund, warum sich Kritiker und Leser über ein so vorzüglich geschriebenes, ernsthaftes und wichtiges Buch empören, ist, dass sie selbst es erregend finden.« Will Self, New Statesman »Moderne Pornographie, abscheulich. ... Ekelhafter Dreck.« New York Times

Popular Fictions

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Author: Peter Humm,Paul Stigant,Peter Widdowson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136492569

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

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First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Scottish Women's Gothic and Fantastic Writing

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Author: Monica Germana

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748686347

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

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This book provides a critical survey of the gothic texts of late twentieth-century and contemporary Scottish women writers including Kate Atkinson, Ellen Galford, A.L. Kennedy, Ali Smith and Emma Tennant focusing on four themes: quests and other worlds, w

KulturPoetik

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Civilization

Page: N.A

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Killing Women

The Visual Culture of Gender and Violence

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Author: Annette Burfoot,Susan Lord

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 0889205264

Category: Social Science

Page: 354

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The essays in Killing Women: The Visual Culture of Gender and Violence find important connections in the ways that women are portrayed in relation to violence, whether they are murder victims or killers. The book’s extensive cultural contexts acknowledge and engage with contemporary theories and practices of identity politics and debates about the ethics and politics of representation itself. Does representation produce or reproduce the conditions of violence? Is representation itself a form of violence? This book adds significant new dimensions to the characterization of gender and violence by discussing nationalism and war, feminist media, and the depiction of violence throughout society.

Engendering the Subject

Gender and Self-Representation in Contemporary Women's Fiction

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Author: Sally Robinson

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791407271

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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Viewing the novels of Doris Lessing, Angela Carter, and Gayle Jones through feminist critical theory, argues that female subjectivity is engendered by women characters engaging systems that rely on the figure of the women for coherence. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Discourses of Ageing in Fiction and Feminism

The Invisible Woman

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Author: J. King

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113729227X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 221

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This book explores the way older women are represented in society. Through close readings of novels by major 20th century novelists, compared with the more dominant representations of female ageing to be found in popular culture it suggests that they offer a feminist understanding of the 'invisible' woman sometimes lacking in feminism itself.

Psychoanalysis and Sovereignty in Popular Vampire Fictions

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Author: Anna Powell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780773468313

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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An exploration of the uncanny modalities of eroticism in vampire literature and film. It critiques the predominant approaches to a body of texts which depict sovereignty and the will to power, and considers the shortcomings of the overwhelming focuses on sexuality in current Gothic studies.

Engendering Realism and Postmodernism

Contemporary Women Writers in Britain

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Author: Beate Neumeier

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789042014374

Category: Social Science

Page: 418

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This volume assembles critical essays on, and excerpts from, works of contemporary women writers in Britain. Its focus is the interaction of aesthetic play and ethical commitment in the fictional work of women writers whose interest in testing and transgressing textual boundaries is rooted in a specific awareness of a gendered multicultural reality. This position calls for a distinctly critical impetus of their writing involving the interaction of the political and the literary as expressed in innovative combinations of realist and postmodern techniques in works by A. S. Byatt, Maureen Duffy, Zoe Fairbairns, Eva Figes, Penelope Lively, Sara Maitland, Suniti Namjoshi, Ravinder Randhawa, Joan Riley, Michele Roberts, Emma Tennant, Fay Weldon, Jeanette Winterson. All contributions to this volume address aspects of these writers' positions and techniques with a clear focus on their interest in transgressing boundaries of genre, gender and (post)colonial identity. The special quality of these interpretations, first given in the presence of writers at a symposium in Potsdam, derives from the creative and prosperous interactions between authors and critics. The volume concludes with excerpts from the works of the participating writers which exemplify the range of concrete concerns and technical accomplisments discussed in the essays. They are taken from fictional works by Debjani Chatterjee, Maureen Duffy, Zoe Fairbairns, Eva Figes, Sara Maitland, and Ravinder Randhawa. They also include the creative interactions of Suniti Namjoshi and Gillian Hanscombe in their joint writing and Paul Magrs' critical engagement with Sara Maitland.