Anais Nin, Fictionality and Femininity: Playing a Thousand Roles

Hardcover | January 9, 2003

byHelen Tookey

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Helen Tookey presents a new study of Anais Nin (1903-77), focusing both on the cultural and historical contexts in which her work was produced and received, and on the different versions of Nin herself - as a modernist, a woman writer, a public (and controversial) figure in the women'sliberation movement, and as a set of conflicting and often extreme representations of femininity. The author shows how contextual feminist approaches shed light on Nin (who moved from Paris modernism of the 1930s to US second-wave feminism of the 1970s), and how this sheds light on key issues andconflicts within feminist thinking since the 1970s, particularly questions of identity, femininity, and psychoanalysis. Anais Nin: Fictionality and Femininity provides new readings of Nin through contemporary feminist approaches, using Nin to make an intervention into critical debates aroundmodernism, feminism, and psychoanalysis, writing and identity, fictionality and femininity.

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Helen Tookey presents a new study of Anais Nin (1903-77), focusing both on the cultural and historical contexts in which her work was produced and received, and on the different versions of Nin herself - as a modernist, a woman writer, a public (and controversial) figure in the women'sliberation movement, and as a set of conflicting a...

Helen Tookey was born in Leicester in 1969. She studied philosophy at Sheffield and Cambridge, gaining a D.Phil from Oxford in 2000. She has taught at Liverpool University and Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:238 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:January 9, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsList of IllustrationsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction1. 'I Must Live within Stories': Narratives of the Self2. 'As Fluid as Mercury': Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Questions of Identity3. Sphinxes and Scheherezades: The Actress and the Femme Fatale4. 'Revolution in Writing': Gender, Modernism, and the Aesthetics of the Ideal Language5. 'I am the Other Face of You': Fantasies and FemininityBibliographyIndex