Rebecca West Today: Contemporary Critical Approaches (Google eBook)

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Bernard Schweizer
University of Delaware Press, 2006 - Literary Collections - 334 pages
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Rebecca West is currently enjoying a long-overdue and sustained revival. The contemporary relevance of her ideas about gender relations, nationalism, warfare, cultural identity, art, and religion is startling and revealing. In an article on West's Survivors in Mexico (2003), Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe put it this way: It is a good thing that new writings of Rebecca West continue to appear; we still need her, permanently. We also need new scholarship to keep up with the increased demand for critical engagements with the vast and richly diversified body of West's literary production. Rebecca West Today, the first-ever collection of essays on this prolific writer, employs cutting-edge as well as more traditional methodological approaches, ranging from historicism to gender studies, to textual analyses, to philosophical engagements. The book also contains a useful section on teaching West and a never-before-published primary text, a chapter originally intended for West's magnificent novel, This Real Night. Bernard Schweizer is an Assistant Professor of English at Long Island University.
  

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Contents

Rebecca Wests Shadowy Other
43
The Limits of Liberalism
64
A True Story on a Parallel Universe?
80
Gender Studies
97
Performing Women in The Fountain Overflow
99
An Unpublished Chapter of This Real Night
112
Music and the Feminine Art of Detail in Rebecca Wests Harriet Hume
125
Issues in Aesthetics and Textuality
141
Reconsidering Rebecca Wests The Judge
189
Literature Love and the Good
206
Rebecca Wests Philosophy of History and the Critique of Postmodernism
223
Unresolvable Pedagogy? Teaching Rebecca West
245
Appendixes
259
Cordelia Chapter omitted from Thu Real Night
261
Notes on Editing the Cordelia Chapter
310
Bibliography
313

Rebecca West the Adam Brothers and the Taxonomies of Criticism
143
Rebecca West Aestheticism and the Legacy of Oscar Wilde
157
Rebecca Wests The Sentinel Adela and The Judge
170
Philosophical Approaches
187
Contributors
327
Index
331
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BERNARD SCHWEIZER is Assistant Professor of English Literature at Long Island University.

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