A Dialogue of Voices: Feminist Literary Theory and Bakhtin

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Karen Ann Hohne, Helen Wussow
U of Minnesota Press, 1994 - Feminist literary criticism - 207 pages
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A Dialogue of Voices was first published in 1994. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

The work of the Russian theorist Mikhail Bakhtin, particularly his notions of dialogics and genre, has had a substantial impact on contemporary critical practices. Until now, however, little attention has been paid to the possibilities and challenges Bakhtin presents to feminist theory, the task taken up in A Dialogue of Voices. The original essays in this book combine feminism and Bakhtin in unique ways and, by interpreting texts through these two lenses, arrive at new theoretical approaches. Together, these essays point to a new direction for feminist theory that originates in Bakhtin-one that would lead to a feminine être rather than a feminine écriture.

Focusing on feminist theorists such as Hélène Cixous, Teresa de Lauretis, Julia Kristeva, and Monique Wittig in conjunction with Bakhtin's concepts of dialogism, heteroglossia, and chronotope, the authors offer close readings of texts from a wide range of multicultural genres, including nature writing, sermon composition, nineteenth-century British women's fiction, the contemporary romance novel, Irish and French lyric poetry, and Latin American film. The result is a unique dialogue in which authors of both sexes, from several countries and different eras, speak against, for, and with one another in ways that reveal their works anew as well as the critical matrices surrounding them.

Karen Hohne is an independent scholar and artist living in Moorhead, Minnesota. Helen Wussow is an assistant professor of English at Memphis State University.

 

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Contents

Cixous Bakhtin
1
Yeatss Crazy Jane
20
mikhail bakhtin feminine ecriture
42
Voicing Another Nature
59
Erotic Discourse and the Dialogic
83
Dialogism and the Carnivalesque
97
Is Bakhtin a Feminist or Just Another Dead White Male?
114
Jane Eyre Feminism
152
Pernette du Guillets Dialogic
171
Contributors
199
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Helen Wussow is currently working at the University of Memphis as Interim Director.

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