Elizabeth Bowen: A Reputation in Writing

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NYU Press, Jun 1, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 390 pages
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Immensely popular during her lifetime, the Ango-Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) has since been treated as a peripheral figure on the literary map. If only in view of her prolific outputten novels, nearly eighty short stories, and a substantial body of non- fictionBowen is a noteworthy novelist. The radical quality of her work, however, renders her an exceptional one.

Surfacing in both subject matter and style, her fictions harbor a subversive potential which has hitherto gone unnoticed. Using a wide range of critical theories-from semiotics to psychoanalysis, from narratology to deconstruction-this book presents a radical re-reading of a selection of Bowen's novels from a lesbian feminist perspective.

Taking into account both cultural contexts and the author's non-fictional writings, the book's main focus is on configurations of gender and sexuality. Bowen's fiction constitutes an exploration of the unstable and destabilizing effects of sexuality in the interdependent processes of subjectivity and what she herself referred to as so-called reality.


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The Discourse of Suspension
Subtexts of Psychosexuality
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About the author (1994)

Rene C. Hoogland is Lecturer in Lesbian Studies/Comparative Literature at the University of Amsterdam. She has published articles on feminist/lesbian theory, postmodernism, women's and lesbian literature, and Hollywood cinema. She is now working on a book about sexual ambivalences in British and American cultural texts of the early 1960s.

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