ries, challenging their status as necessary figurations. By accepting
her own aggressive desires a modern Emily might help to defuse the
charged metaphor linking sexuality to war.
Neither childbearing nor chastity, conception nor contraception,
have meanings in themselves. No more does war, or the war text.
All are elaborately socialized, constructed forms of human interaction that we must struggle to see together, like the entangled remains of Achebe's girl and soldier. To see how women and men
have constructed war texts out of cultural data is not to recanonize
those texts but rather to unload the can[n]on.
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Book title: Arms and the Woman:War, Gender, and Literary Representation.
Contributors: Helen M. Cooper - Editor, Adrienne Auslander Munich - Editor, Susan Merrill Squier - Editor.
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press.
Place of publication: Chapel Hill, NC.
Publication year: 1989.
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