Men writing the feminine : literature, theory, and the question of genders / edited by Thaïs E. Morgan.

Albany : State University of New York Press, [1994], ©1994.
vi, 207 pages ; 24 cm


Summary note
  • What happens when a male author writes the feminine? Can a male author completely identify with a woman? Or does a male author always write through a woman's voice for purposes of his own? This fascinating collection explores these and other questions about gender and writing from a wide range of theoretical perspectives, including psychoanalysis, semiotics, deconstruction, feminism, postmodernism, and discourse analysis.
  • The introductory essay provides an overview of current issues and methodologies in gender theory, while the 11 essays in the book discuss novels and poems, from the seventeenth century to the present, by British, American, and French male writers who speak as, through, or like the feminine.
  • Authors considered in this book include George Herbert, William Wordsworth, John Hawkes, Denis Diderot, Paul Verlaine, Randall Jarrell, John Berryman, William Faulkner, Thomas Pychon, Jacques Derrida, and Jacques Lacan.
  • The collection ends with a piece on the future of men in feminism, a discussion of women's and gay and lesbian studies, and a debate on future directions in gender theory. Also included is a selected bibliography of recent books of interest to scholars and students working on literature, theory, and gender. Men Writing the Feminine is designed for use in advanced undergraduate and graduate courses.
  • It addresses men as well as women and promotes dialogue about the variety of gender positions represented in literature and theory.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Literature, Theory, and the Question of Genders / Thais E. Morgan
  • The Mourner in the Flesh: George Herbert's Commemoration of Magdalen Herbert in Memoriae Matris Sacrum / Deborah Rubin
  • Lyrical Ballads and the Language of (Men) Feeling: Writing Women's Voices / Susan J. Wolfson
  • Border Disturbances: D. H. Lawrence's Fiction and the Feminism of Wuthering Heights / Carol Siegel
  • "To Write What Cannot Be Written": The Woman Writer and Male Authority in John Hawkes's Virginie: Her Two Lives / Peter F. Murphy
  • Diderot and the Nun: Portrait of the Artist as a Transvestite / Beatrice Durand
  • "This Kind": Pornographic Discourse, Lesbian Bodies, and Paul Verlaine's Les Amies / Barbara Milech
  • The Woman in the Mirror: Randall Jarrell and John Berryman / Christopher Benfry
  • William Faulkner as Lesbian Author / Frann Michel
  • Objects of Postmodern "Masters": Subject-in-Simulation/Woman-in-Effect / Martina Sciolino
  • The Politics of Aversion in Theory / Charles Bernheimer.
  • Five Propositions on the Future of Men in Feminism / Jonathan Culler
  • Two Conversations on Literature, Theory, and the Question of Genders / Robert Con Davis and Thais E. Morgan.
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