Rewriting the Word: American Women Writers and the Bible

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Greenwood Press, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 185 pages
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Women writers have often felt alienated from both the Bible and the canonical literary tradition that has been built on its foundation. Yet contemporary American women writers seem to be as haunted by the Bible as their nineteenth-century predecessors. This study of feminist biblical revision argues that women writers' contentious dialogues with the Bible ultimately reconstruct the writers' own basis of authority. The author traces the evolution of this phenomenon from the mid-nineteenth century to the present and analyzes biblical revision in works by Emily Dickinson, H.D., Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Gloria Naylor, and Toni Morrison.

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Contents

Emily
29
The Bible and Gloria
127
Feminist Biblical Revision
163
Copyright

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AMY BENSON BROWN is the editor for The Academic Exchange publication at Emory University. She has published several scholarly articles on women writers and coedited The Reality of Breastfeeding: Reflections by Contemporary Women (with Kathryn Read McPherson, Bergin & Garvey, 1998).

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