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Although Isak Dinesen has been widely acclaimed as a popular writer, her work has received little sustained critical attention. In this revisionist study, Susan Hardy Aiken takes up the complex relations of gender, sexuality, and representation in Dinesen's narratives. Drawing on feminist, psychoanalytic, and post-structuralist theories, Aiken shows how the form and meaning of Dinesen's texts are affected by her doubled situations as a Dane who wrote in English, a European who lived for many years in Africa, and a woman who wrote under a male pseudonym within a male-centered literary tradition.

In a series of readings that range across Dinesen's career, Aiken demonstrates that Dinesen persistently asserted the inseparability of gender and the engendering of narrative. She argues that Dinesen's texts anticipate in remarkable ways some of the most radical insights of contemporary literary theories, particularly those of French feminist criticism. Aiken also offers a major rereading of Out of Africa that both addresses its distinctiveness as a colonialist text and places it within Dinesen's larger oeuvre.

In Aiken's account, Dinesen's work emerges as a compelling inquiry into sexual difference and the ways it informs culture, subjectivity, and the language that is their medium. This important book will at last give Isak Dinesen's work the prominence it deserves in literary studies.

Synopsis:

For Aiken's generation, it will be the most original, forceful, provocative, and elegant critical reading of this Danish writer. An independent study on feminist theory and criticism.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 259-316) and index.

About the Author

Susan Hardy Aiken, associate professor in the department of English at the University of Arizona, is coeditor of Changing Our Minds: Feminist Transformations of Knowledge.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Catharine R. Stimpson

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

Introduction

Part One - Openings

1. "Caprice de femme enceinte": Reconceiving Isak Dinesen

2. Becoming "Isak Dinesen": The Fiction of the Author

3. Writing (in) Exile: Reverie, Recollection, and the Poetics of Displacement

Part Two - Spinning Tales

4. Gothic Cryptographies

5. "A world turned upside down"

6. Reading Contracts

7. Simian Semiotics

8. Circulating Sexes, Wandering Words

9. Ghost Writing

Part Three - The Art of Sacrifice

10. Transporting Topographies: Out of Africa and the Poetics of Nostalgia

Epilogue. Carnival Laughter: The Theater of the Body

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226011134
Designed:
Stimpson, Catherine R.
Foreword:
Stimpson, Catharine R.
Foreword by:
Stimpson, Catharine R.
Foreword:
Stimpson, Catharine R.
Designed by:
Stimpson, Catherine R.
Designed:
Stimpson, Catherine R.
Author:
Aiken, Susan Hardy
Author:
Stimpson, Catharine R.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Minority Studies
Subject:
Women in literature
Subject:
European - Scandinavian
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
Narration (rhetoric)
Subject:
Dinesen, Isak
Subject:
Sex role in literature
Subject:
Narration
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Scandinavian
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Women in Culture and Society Series
Series Volume:
1391
Publication Date:
19900431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
350
Dimensions:
9.04x6.08x.78 in. 1.00 lbs.

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