All Contraries Confounded : The Lyrical Fiction of Virginia Woolf, Djuna Barnes, and Marguerite Duras
This insightful volume extends feminist critical studies of twentieth-century women writers as it examines the complex ways female subjectivity experiences and is shaped by gender and power in literary texts. Because of the ways ambivalence and contradiction operate in the works of Woolf, Barnes, and Duras, to read them is to able to interrogate and thus more fully understand the ways our own subjectivity are constructed in relation to complex configurations of desire, loss, sexuality, power, vulnerability, and violence. Kaivola has worked out a strikingly original means of reading differenceOCoand reading differentlyOCoin order to account for what has been inexplicable in different literary texts by women. All Contraries Confounded seeks to problematize feminist theory that celebrates resistance in fiction by women, for it questions the ability of dominant modes of feminist critical theory to recognize and address fully the forms of contradiction and ambivalence that riddle women's writingsOCoand women's lives."
- Electronic book text | 180 pages
- 14 May 2014
- University of Iowa Press
- Iowa City, United States