The Politics of the Essay

The Politics of the Essay : Feminist Perspectives

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The project of a feminist (and political) re-reading of the essay genre is so needed that...I wondered why this had not been thought of before. Leslie W. Rabine As a genre that has been defined and theorized extensively, the essay raises particularly interesting questions for feminists. While it has often been described in feminine terms e.g., open-ended, nonlinear, personalit simultaneously carries the weight of an elite male tradition, beginning with its first practitioner, Michel de Montaigne. The Politics of the Essay: Feminist Perspectives examines the intersection of gender and genre that presents itself when women write essays. Employing gender, race, class, and national identity as axes of analysis, this volume introduces new perspectives into what has been a largely apolitical discussion of the essay. Representing various national literatures, the contributors investigate women essayists over the past two centuries. Also included is an original essay by Susan Griffin. The contributors include Tuzyline Jita Allan, Margret Brugmann, Ruth-Ellen Boetcher Joeres, Amy Kaminsky, Pamela Klass Mittlefehldt, Elizabeth Mittman, Lourdes Rojas, Barbara Sichtermann, Eileen B. Sivert, Katherine Snyder, Nancy Saporta Sternbach, Constance A. Sullivan, and Arlene A. more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 149.9 x 228.6 x 17.8mm | 317.52g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253207886
  • 9780253207883

About Ruth-Ellen B. Joeres

RUTH-ELLEN BOETCHER JOERES is Professor of German at the University of Minnesota and editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. She is the author of Die Anfange der deutschen Frauenbewegung: Louise Otto-Peters and co-editor of several volumes, including German Women in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: A Social and Literary History, and Interpreting Women s Lives: Feminist Theory and Personal Narratives. ELIZABETH MITTMAN is a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University. She is also the co-editor and co-translator of a forthcoming collection of early German Romantic texts."show more

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"The Politics of the Essay is that rare scholarly work that provides both a history of this relatively new field and of its formal characteristics and inspires its readers to want to participate in the making of this history." - Signsshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Red Shoes Susan Griffin An Introductory Essay Ruth-Ellen Boetcher Joeres and Elizabeth Mittman WomenOs Essays: Genre-Crossings One From Novel to Essay: Gender and Revisionn in Florence NightingaleOs oCassandraO Katherine V. Snyder Two The Boundary-Crossing Essays of Carmen Martin Gaite Constance A. Sullivan Three Flora Tristan: The Joining of Essay, Journal, Autobiography Eileen Boyd Sivert Four Between the Line: One the Essayistic Experiments of Helene Cixous in oThe Laugh of the MedusaO Margaret Brugmann The Conscious oIO: Authority and Ambiguity in WomenOs Essays Five Woman Taking Speculation into Her Own Hands Barbara Sictermann Six Chrisa WolfOs Signature in and on the Essay: Woman, Science, and Authority Elizabeth Mittman Seven Essay, Gender, and Mestizaje: Victoria Ocampo and Gabriela Mistral Amy Kaminsky Eight A Voice of OneOs Own: Implications of Impersonality in the EssayOs of Virgina Woolf and Alice Walker Tuzylive Jita Allan WomenOs Essays as Political Intervention Nine The Passionate Essay: Radical Feminist Essayists Ruth-Ellen boetcher Joeres Ten Latin American Women Essayists: oIntruders and UsurpersO Lourdes Rojas and Nancy Saporta Sternbach Eleven oA Weaponry of ChoiceO: Black American Women Writers and the Essay Pamela Klass Mittlefehldt Twelve Terrorism and the Essay: The Case of Ulrike Meinhof Arlene A. Teralka Contributors Indexshow more

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