Resident Alien

Resident Alien : Feminist Cultural Criticism

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In this book Janet Wolff examines the ways in which travel is used as a metaphor in cultural theory, and the use of dance (another form of "mobility") as an image of liberation, particularly in relation to women. The topic of marginality is addressed - Walter Benjamin's marginality to the academy, the marginality of Gwen John and Rainer Maria Rilke in Paris in the 1900s - and the more general question of whether exile or distance provides a better vantage-point for cultural criticism than centrality and stability. Wolff seeks to break down the boundaries between academic and personal writing. The question of memoir and cultural theory is addressed with regard to Walter Benjamin, and several of the essays explore the particular meeting point of memory, personal experience, and cultural/sociological analysis. With its linked themes of exile, memoir and movement, the book has a wide range of focus: opera, rock 'n' roll, a Schubert quartet, feminist literary criticism, Gwen John's interiors, and Victorian lady travellers. Janet Wolff's book is an important contribution to cultural theory and feminist more

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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 276g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
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  • 0745612512
  • 9780745612515

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List of Plates. 1. The Female Stranger: Marginality and Modes of Writing. 2. Eddie Cochran, Donna Anna and the Dark Sister: Personal Experience and Cultural History. 3. Memoirs and Micrologies: Walter Benjamin, Feminism and Cultural Analysis. 4. Death and the Maiden: Does Semiotics Justify Murder? 5. Dance Criticism: Feminism, Theory and Choreography. 6. The Artist and The Flaneur: Rodin, Rilke and Gwen John in Paris. 7. On the Road Again: Metaphors of Travel in Cultural Criticism. 8. Angry Young Men and Minor (Female) Characters: The Idea of +ACI-America+ACI- in 1950s Popular Culture. more

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