Sinuosities, Lesbian Poetic Politics

Sinuosities, Lesbian Poetic Politics

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'Allen's work is virtually unique among American writers. It illustrates a deep knowledge of the issues raised by the postmodernists, yet she does not succumb to the playing field, constructing instead her own philosophical direction and aesthetic' - Sarah Hoagland. Jeffner Allen shapes a poetic politics that transforms textual and everyday realities. The surprising, resilient, and transformative windings of lesbian writing and lesbian lives - a poetics of sinuous movement, the turning of women to women - informs these reflections on existentialism, lesbian and feminist theory, motherhood, education, hunger, the use and abuse of female bodies in patriarchal economies, female friendship, anger, revolt, endurance, resistance, and survival. For inspiration and meaning, Allen looks away from the fictional poses of much postmodernism, turning instead toward an intimacy of the body as lived. To answer questions about how and whether to remember, to trust, and to befriend, Allen suggests a practice of ecological reading and an attentive listening to the shifting and unpredictable currents that cross women's lives.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 202 pages
  • 153.2 x 228.9 x 13.5mm | 378.21g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0253210461
  • 9780253210463

About Jeffner Allen

JEFFNER ALLEN is Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at the State University of New York at Binghamton and author of reverberations across the shimmering CASCADAS.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments sinuosities An Introduction to Patriarchal Existentialism, A Proposal for a Way Out of Existential Patriarchy Motherhood, THe Annihilation of Women Women and Food, Feeding Ourselves Lesbian Economics The Economy of the Body in a Post-Nietzschean Era Women Who Beget Women Must Thwart Major Sophisms Poetic Politics, How the Amazons Took the Acropolis a response to a letter from Peg Simons, December 1993 to trust, to befriend, her Notes Indexshow more

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