Reconstructing Desire: The Role of the Unconscious in Women's Reading and Writing

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UNC Press Books, 1990 - Literary Criticism - 271 pages
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This provocative study explores the function of the unconscious in reading and creative processes. The book asks if reading can change the reader and if women, through reading, can change the unconscious fantasy structures that govern desire. Using models
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Reading toward Change
21
A Patriarch of Ones Own Oedipal Fantasy and Romantic Love in Jane Eyre
23
Down the Yellow Brick Road Unconscious Reading Processes and Change
41
The Two Stories of Little Women Oedipal Prescriptions Preoedipal Creativity
51
Revolutionary Languages in The Awakening
64
Housekeeping The Impossible Poetry of the Preoedipal
82
Writing toward Change
101
The Sexual Politics of the Unconscious The Golden Notebook
149
Eros as Creativity The Extended Family in The Color Purple
164
Changing the Family
187
Family Circles Beloved The Middle Ground A Weave of Women Housekeeping Little Women and The Color Purple
189
Reflections on Families and Fantasies
210
Notes
221
Bibliography
249
Index
263

Toward a More Creative Autonomy To the Lighthouse Violet Clay Bodily Harm How I Came to Write Fiction and On Not Being Able to Paint
103
Talking Back to Jane Eyre Female Sexuality and the Intertext of Love in the Waterfall
126

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Jean Wyatt is professor of English and comparative literary studies at Occidental College.

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