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Sapphic Primitivism: Productions of Race, Class, and Sexuality in Key Works of Modern Fiction

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In this book, Robin Hackett examines portrayals of race, class, and sexuality in modernist texts by white women to argue for the existence of a literary device that she calls "Sapphic primitivism." The works vary widely in their form and content and include Olive Schreiner's proto-modernist exploration of New Womanhood, The Story of an African Farm; Virginia Woolf's high modernist "play-poem, " The Waves; Sylvia Townsend Warner's historical novel, Summer Will Show; and Willa Cather's Southern pastoral, Sapphira and the Slave Girl. In each, blackness and working-class culture are figured to represent sexual autonomy, including lesbianism, for white women. Sapphic primitivism exposes the ways several classes of identification were intertwined with the development of homosexual identities at the turn of the century. Sapphic primitivism is not, however, a means of disguising lesbian content. Rather, it is an aesthetic displacement device that simultaneously exposes lesbianism and exploits modern, primitivist modes of self-representation. Hackett's revelations of the mutual interests of those who study early twentieth-century constructions of race and sexuality and twenty-first-century feminists doing anti-racist and queer work are a major contribution to literary studies and identity theory.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813533476
Author:
Hackett, Robin
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Location:
New Brunswick, N.J.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
Gay Studies
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
English fiction
Subject:
Lesbians in literature
Subject:
Sex in literature
Subject:
Race in literature
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
Gay & Lesbian
Subject:
Homosexuality and literature
Subject:
Modernism
Subject:
Social classes in literature
Subject:
Primitivism in literature.
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Series Volume:
02-298
Publication Date:
20031131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
204
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 0.72 oz

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