No Man's Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century, Volume 2: Sexchanges

January 23, 1991|
No Man's Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century, Volume 2: Sexchanges by Sandra M. Gilbert
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What might sex be, and what could sex roles be, in the midst of a war between men and women? What is a "woman," a "man," an "androgyne"? Such questions haunt the works Gilbert and Gubar study in Sexchanges, the second volume of their landmark trilogy No Man's Land. Investigating the connections between the feminine and the modern made by writers from Rider Haggard, Olive Schreiner, and Kate Chopin to Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, D.H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, and Caryl Churchill, they show that the "no man's land" of the Great War became a metaphor for a crisis of masculinity—a crisis that was already associated with the decline of imperialism and the rise of the femme fatale at the fin de siecle, with the newly visible lesbian literary community that was formed in those years and with what many thinkers increasingly  understood to be the artifice of gender. Throughout this century, the therefore argue, images of sexchanges—explored in fictions about transvestism and transsexualism—constituted a set of striking tropes through which male and female writers sought to combat one another's conceptions of the relation between anatomy and destiny.
A poet, feminist critic, and professor of English at the University of California at Davis, Gilbert received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1968. Her early work addressed canonical male figures, but in the 1970s she began to focus on women writers from a feminist perspective, teaming up with Susan Gubar in what has proven to be ...
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Title:No Man's Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century, Volume 2: Sexchanges
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:483 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:483 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 in
Published:January 23, 1991
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300050257

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