Ambiguous Discourse: Feminist Narratology and British Women by Kathy Mezei

By Kathy Mezei

Conscientiously melding idea with shut readings of texts, the members to Ambiguous Discourse discover the position of gender within the fight for narrative keep watch over of particular works via British writers Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, Anita Brookner, Angela Carter, Jeanette Winterson, and Mina Loy. This number of twelve essays is the 1st ebook dedicated to feminist narratology--the blend of feminist thought with the research of the buildings that underpin all narratives. till lately, narratology has resisted the advances of feminism partially, as a few individuals argue, simply because idea has replicated earlier assumptions of male authority and perspective in narrative. Feminist narratology, notwithstanding, contextualizes the cultural buildings of gender inside its examine of narrative suggestions. 9 of those essays are unique, and 3 were revised for e-book during this quantity. The individuals are Melba Cuddy-Keane, Denise Delorey, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Susan Stanford Friedman, Janet Giltrow, Linda Hutcheon, Susan S. Lanser, Alison Lee, Patricia Matson, Kathy Mezei, Christine Roulston, and Robyn Warhol.

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In the course of the story, however, she reverses the experience of the fading heroine by regaining her "looks" (in the eyes, at least, of those characters who notice and comment on them); what's more, Anne is represented as a heroine whose gaze is not just lucid but empowering and whose subjective experience of her own bodily feelings removes her entirely from the ranks of the objectified heroines of sensibility.  By making Anne the focal character, Austen's text grants her the power to read others' looks, a power that this text—as if engaged in a dispute with Northanger Abbey— genders as specifically feminine.

Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1987. 4 (1982): 316­26.  Bakhtin's work, however, does not itself address the question of gender as a possible site for ideological struggle, coming from a Marxist tradition that privileges class difference as the place of resistance and conflict.  By reading Austen by means of Bakhtin and vice versa, I will try to establish a dialectical relationship between these two kinds of writing, exploring the ways in which each text respectively constructs its notion of difference and examining what it privileges in terms of narrative conflict.

1 (1991): 1­23. " Sydney Studies in English 15 (1989­90): 63­71.  Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1987. 4 (1982): 316­26.  Bakhtin's work, however, does not itself address the question of gender as a possible site for ideological struggle, coming from a Marxist tradition that privileges class difference as the place of resistance and conflict.  By reading Austen by means of Bakhtin and vice versa, I will try to establish a dialectical relationship between these two kinds of writing, exploring the ways in which each text respectively constructs its notion of difference and examining what it privileges in terms of narrative conflict.

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