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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Contents

Regendering Violence and Appropriating Power Beyond the Binary
3
From Real Life to Theory to Literary Representation
9
Canada Quebec and the United States
85
3 Whos the Subject Now? The Female Imagination and Representations of Sex and Violence
146
The Novels of InfanticideFilicide of Aline Chamberland and Suzanne Jacob
242
5 Regendering and Female Serial Killing in the Fiction of Hélène Rioux Anne Dandurand and Claire Dé
296
Women Imitating Men or the Feminization of Violence? ReFraming Gender in North American Cultures
323
Notes
331
Works Cited and Consulted
355
Index
413
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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.

About the author (2006)

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

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