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A journal focusing on literature and literary topics for the academic audience.

Articles from Vol. 35, No. 2, Summer

Books Received
Bohn, Willard. Modern Visual Poetry. Cranbury, NJ: U of Delaware P, 2001. $47.50 cloth. Boldrini, Lucia. Joyce, Dante, and the Poetics of Literary Relations. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2001. $54.95 cloth. Brinzeu, Paul. Corridors of Mirrors: The...
Complicity in the Age of Innocence
Prelude: Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-92), the son of a clergyman schoolteacher, was raised in a large family of modest income. Through talent, ambition, and agreeableness, Reynolds became a grandly successful portrait painter, knighted by the King,...
Corregidora: Retelling (Her)story
Although writing by women, particularly Afro-American women, has flourished in recent decades, it certainly has not flourished without a great struggle. Regarding this struggle, "the anxiety of influence" of which Bloom and then Gilbert and Gubar have...
Depathologizing Anorexia: The Risks of Life Narratives. (1)
Extreme thinness, cessation of the menses, growth of facial and body hair, sexual indifference, strenuous regimens of exercise, repetitious behavior patterns, lack of speech, insomnia, cognitive, temporal and visual distortions, disturbed attitudes...
Desiring Female Power in Cowrie
Every day is a reenactment of the creation story. We emerge from dense unspeakable material, through the shimmering power of dreaming stuff. This is the first world, and the last. Joy Harjo Identity is a way of re-departing. Rather, the return...
His Story Next to Hers: Masochism and (Inter)subjectivity in Letter from an Unknown Woman
Much of the most animated current feminist theory is concerned with critiquing the premises that underlie identity formulation as it has been understood and, particularly, as it manifests itself as gender. Though their arguments have different foundations,...
Losing Her Voice: Silencing Two Daughters of Hollywood
When Daisy Clover begins screaming, hurling her body against the glass of the recording booth, it is as if her voice has disappeared. Displaced in the cavernous darkness of the sound-stage, her voice ricochets from the antiseptic, elevated control...
Orlando's Sister, or Sally Potter Does Virginia Woolf in a Voice of Her Own
For decades, the study of film adaptation has been troubled by questions of fidelity. Too often, adaptation studies have merely compared films to their literary sources, a "tiresome" endeavor, as Dudley Andrew points Out, that inevitably privileges...
"Sounds That Creep Inside You": Female Narration and Voiceover in the Films of Jane Campion
I. Dangerous Voices Jane Campion's film The Piano (1993) generated intense and dramatically polarized debate, especially among women. (1) While some found the film a mesmerizing and masterful depiction of a decidedly female sensibility and sexuality,...
Visible Storytellers: Women Narrators on 1950s Daytime Television
During the 1950s, television's daytime airwaves were filled with women's stories. Well before soap opera's plotlines pervaded daytime schedules, a variant of the popular "audience participation" genre offered viewers a steady stream of women's personal...
Women as Narrators
Introduction Susan Snaider Lanser has characterized the voices of female narrators as "a site of crisis, contradiction, or challenge" (7). Whether the disturbance caused when women assume roles as storytellers is understood as socially constructed...
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