Violence and the Female Imagination: Quebec's Women Writers Re-frame Gender in North American Cultures

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Mar 31, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 440 pages
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Violence and the Female Imagination explores whether these imagined women are striking out at an external other or harming themselves through acts of self-destruction and depression. Gilbert examines the degree to which women are imitating men in the outward direction of their anger and hostility and suggests that such "tough" women may be mocking men in their "macho" exploits of sexuality and violence. She illustrates the ways in which Quebec female authors are "feminizing" violence or re-envisioning gender in North American culture.

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Page 15 - A relationship of violence acts upon a body or upon things; it forces, it bends, it breaks on the wheel, it destroys, or it closes the door on all possibilities.
Page 22 - action of telling a story" in the safety of a protected relationship can actually produce a change in the abnormal processing of the traumatic memory.

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Paula Ruth Gilbert is professor of French, Canadian, and women's studies, George Mason University.

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