Synopses & Reviews
This study explores the ways that contemporary women writers respond to problems of mobility, how they subvert plot conventions based on the oedipal configuration, how they combine and transform genre and myth, and how they mobilize language. Using both feminist and psychoanalytic theory, this study seeks to address questions of mobility in relation not only to the maternal presence, but also to the body itself and the constitution of the speaking subject within symbolic systems over which she has little control. Writers have been selected to represent both very different narrative styles--from the mimetic to the postmodern--and to represent difference in terms of race, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation.
Focuses on the well-known problem of domesticated, entrapped women, but, unlike other recent books on contemporary women writers, it attempts to explore women's problems with mobility in relation to the maternal presence, the body, and the constitution of the speaking subject.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -145) and index.
About the Author
LINDSEY TUCKER is currently Associate Professor of English at the University of Miami.
Table of Contents
Stopped Dead: Pathology as Development in The Bell Jar
Writing to the Other Side: Metafictional Mobility in Atwood's Lady Oracle
Textualizing the Journey: Her Mothers and the Spaces of Re-Search
Walking the Red Road: Mobility, Maternity, and Native American Myth in Meridian
Morrison's Desolated Centers: Mobility, Desire, and Subjectivity in Sula and Beloved
Escaping the Categories of Sex: Mobility and Lesbian Writing