Elizabeth Bowen

Elizabeth Bowen

A Reputation in Writing

The Cutting Edge: Lesbian Life and Literature Series

by Renee Carine Hoogland

Published by: NYU Press

390 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780814735114
  • Published: June 1994

$29.00

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  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9780814735015
  • Published: June 1994

$89.00

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Immensely popular during her lifetime, the Ango-Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) has since been treated as a peripheral figure on the literary map. If only in view of her prolific outputten novels, nearly eighty short stories, and a substantial body of non- fictionBowen is a noteworthy novelist. The radical quality of her work, however, renders her an exceptional one.
Surfacing in both subject matter and style, her fictions harbor a subversive potential which has hitherto gone unnoticed. Using a wide range of critical theories-from semiotics to psychoanalysis, from narratology to deconstruction-this book presents a radical re-reading of a selection of Bowen's novels from a lesbian feminist perspective.
Taking into account both cultural contexts and the author's non-fictional writings, the book's main focus is on configurations of gender and sexuality. Bowen's fiction constitutes an exploration of the unstable and destabilizing effects of sexuality in the interdependent processes of subjectivity and what she herself referred to as so-called reality.

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