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Description - Narrative in the Feminine by Susan Knutson

What does it mean to tell a story from a woman's point of view? How have Canadian anglophone and francophone writers translated feminist literary theory into practice? Avant-garde writers Daphne Marlatt and Nicole Brossard answer these, and many more questions, in their two groundbreaking works, now made more accessible through the careful, narratological readings and theoretical background in Narrative in the Feminine. Susan Knutson begins her study with an analysis of the contributions made by Marlatt and Brossard to international feminist theory. Part Two presents a narratological reading of How Hug a Stone, arguing that at the deepest level of narrative, Marlatt constructs a gender-inclusive human subject which defaults not to the generic masculine but to the feminine. Part Three proposes a parallel reading of Picture Theory, Brossard's playful novel that draws us into (re-) readings of many other texts written by Brossard, Barnes, Wittig, Joyce, de Beauvoir, Homer...to name a few. Chapter 12 closes with a reflection on the expression criture au f minin -- a Qu cois contribution to an international theoretical debate. Readers who care about feminist writing and language theory, and students and teachers of Canadian literature and critical and queer studies, will find this book invaluable for its careful readings, its scholarly overview, and its extension of the feminist concept of the generic. Not least, the study is a guide to two important works of the leading experimental writers of Canada and Quebec, Daphne Marlatt and Nicole Brossard.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780889203594
ISBN-10: 0889203598
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 245
Imprint: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publish Date: 1-May-2000
Country of Publication: Canada

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Author Biography - Susan Knutson

Susan Knutson , a professor of English at UniversitA(c) Sainte-Anne, is currently working on a history of aCarnivalesque Old Women from Antiquity to the Present.a In her spare time she acts in Les AraignA(c)es du boui-boui.

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