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Following Djuna [electronic resource] : women lovers and the erotics of loss / Carolyn Allen.
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Following Djuna [electronic resource] : women lovers and the erotics of loss / Carolyn Allen.
Publication Date:
1996
ISBN:
9780585020754
Series:
Theories of representation and difference
Bibliography Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 125-135) and index.
Contents:
Introduction: Djuna Barnes and Bertha Harris -- Reading Erotics/Following Djuna -- part 1. Djuna Barnes: The Erotics of Nurture. 1. Nightwood: Gender, Narcissism, and the Erotic Maternal in the Narrative of Nora Flood. 2. Writing toward Nightwood: Seduction in the "Little Girl" Stories -- part 2. Jeanette Winterson: The Erotics of Risk -- part 3. Rebecca Brown: The Erotics of Excess and the Difficulties of Difference.
Abstract:
Following Djuna reads contemporary novelists in the tradition of Djuna Barnes, arguing for the importance of women's fiction in understanding women's erotics - emotional and sexual exchanges between women. Barnes's Nightwood, with its experimental form and passionate language, has made its mark on contemporary writers, and Carolyn Allen argues that Harris, Winterson, and Brown continue Barnes's explorations of obsession, loss, excess, and power between women lovers. Allen stresses the importance of difference in lovers who are "like", and the influence of memory in the making of desire. At the same time, she illuminates the ongoing trade-offs between passion and comfort, and between loss and discovery as crucial to the intensity of women's erotics.
Content Type:
text
Carrier Type:
online resource
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Language:
English
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