Fractured Borders: Reading Women's Cancer Literature

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University of Michigan Press, Nov 30, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 301 pages
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Women have been writing about cancer for decades, but since the early 1990s, the body of literature on cancer has increased exponentially as growing numbers of women face the searing realities of the disease and give testimony to its ravages and revelations.

Fractured Borders: Reading Women's Cancer Literature surveys a wide range of contemporary writing about breast, uterine, and ovarian cancer, including works by Marilyn Hacker, Margaret Edson, Carole Maso, Audre Lorde, Eve Sedgwick, Mahasweta Devi, Lucille Clifton, Alicia Ostriker, Jayne Anne Phillips, Terry Tempest Williams, and Jeanette Winterson, among many others. DeShazer's readings bring insights from body theory, performance theory, feminist literary criticism, French feminisms, and disability studies to bear on these works, shining new light on a literary subject that is engaging more and more writers.

"An important and useful book that will appeal to people in a variety of fields and walks of life, including scholars, teachers, and anyone interested in this subject."
--Suzanne Poirier, University of Illinois at Chicago

"A book on a timely and important topic, wisely written beyond scholarly boundaries and crossing many theoretical and disciplinary lines."
--Patricia Moran, University of California, Davis
 

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Contents

Women Cancer Writing
1
Analyzing Cancer Literature fromFeminist Perspectives
11
Embodying Canceron the Feminist Stage
52
Resistance Transformation in US Womens Breast Cancer Poetry
82
Popular Fiction Cancer the Romanceof Womens Relationships
135
Memory Desire Death in Womens Experimental Cancer Fiction
173
SelfRepresentation Commonality Culpability in Womens Autobiographical Narratives
217
The Cultural Work of Womens Cancer Literature
261
Notes
267
Works Cited
277
Index
291
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