Engendering the Subject: Gender and Self-Representation in Contemporary Women's Fiction

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SUNY Press, 1991年1月1日 - 248 頁
Robinson sets up a dialogue between feminist critical theory and contemporary women's fiction in order to argue for a new way of reading the specificity of women's writing. Through theoretically informed readings of novels by Doris Lessing, Angela Carter, and Gayl Jones, the author argues that female subjectivity is engendered in discourse through the woman writer's strategic engagement in representational systems that rely on a singular figure of Woman for coherence. Through this engagement, women's self-representation emerges as a process through which women take up multiple and contradictory positions in relation to different hegemonic discursive systems, and through which they engender themselves as subjects.

Finally, Engendering the Subject suggests how women's fiction can provide a model for a feminist practice of reading that would simultaneously work against the historical containment of Woman, and for the empowerment of women as subjects of cultural practices.

 

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Repetition and Resistance in Doris Lessings Children of Violence
29
Gender and the DeStructuring of Marthas Quest
35
Gender and the Production of Subjectivity
48
Gendered Address and Marthas SelfRepresentation
56
Angela Carter and the Circus of Theory Writing Woman and Womens Writing
77
The Affirmative Woman and the Feminist
80
Mimicry Contradiction and the Subject of Feminism
90
Gender and the Postmodern Narrative
98
Were all consequences of something Cultural Mythologies of Gender and Race in the Novels of Gayl Jones
135
Slavery and the Cultural Production of the Black Woman
138
Black Female Subjectivity and the Politics of Heterosexuality
148
Excess as Subversion
166
On Representation and Self Representation
189
Notes
195
Bibliography of Works Cited
227
Index
241

Deconstructing Mythologies of Gender
118

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Sally Robinson is Assistant Professor of English at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

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