Resisting Bodies: The Negotiation of Female Agency in Twentieth-century Women's Fiction

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Wayne State University Press, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 230 pages
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Helga Druxes' study of the female protagonists in novels by German writer Monika Maron, British writers Margaret Drabble and Jean Rhys, and French writer Marguerite Duras brings together the work of four prominent contemporary women authors. In discussing the position of women in urban spaces from the point of view of feminist and cultural theory, Druxes combines anthropology and recent literary theory within the framework of cultural studies. She addresses such concerns as the objectification/commodification of women in late capitalist society, the possibilities for resistant or subversive female agency under these conditions, and the role of specifically urban arrangements of space in both effecting this objectification and creating the sites where it might be resisted or disrupted by women. Resisting Bodies is an important contribution to literary criticism and feminist theory.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
7
SOMATIC REBELLION IN JEAN RHYS
49
JAMMING THE EXCHANGE MACHINERY IN DURASS
87
FEMALE COMMUNITY IN DRABBLES FICTION
123
4
161
Conclusion
197
Notes
203
Bibliography
221
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Helga Druxes is Assistant Professor of German and Literary Studies at Williams College and author of Querbeet: An Intermediate German Reader (1988).

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