Gender and Narrativity

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Mar 15, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 268 pages
It is impossible to imagine a community that is not divided into at least two gender groups. It is equally impossible to imagine a community that does not tell or enact stories. The relationship between these universal aspects of human culture is the mainspring of Gender and Narrativity. From Genesis to Freud, the Western narrative tradition tells the same old story of masculine dominance/feminine subservience as a matter of divine will or natural truth. Here, nine Canadian scholars challenge and interpret this tradition, in effect "re-telling" the story of gender, and themselves intervening in the narrative process. Critical readings from a wide range of literary texts - medieval and modern, European and Canadian - replace abstract theory in these studies, while sociology, anthropology, psychoanalysis, deconstruction and new history are the axes of discussion. This book exemplifies the current range and diversity of Canadian critical writing.
 

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Contents

Telling Difference
1
1 Toward an Epistemology of Gender
19
2 Telling the Feminine
47
Reading Detective Fiction as Psychoanalysis in Timothy Findleys The Telling of Lies
87
Feminists ReWriting Narrative
115
From Childhood to Womanhood in Lucy Maud Montgomerys Emily Novels
147
Frances Greggs The Mystic Leeway
159
7 Parsifal and Semiotic Structuralism
175
8 Androgynous Realism in Heinrich von Kleists Die Heilige Cńcilie oder Die Gewalt der Musik Eine Legende
199
Male Heterophobia in Victorian Poetry
221
Notes on Contributors
252
Index
255
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