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Transforming memories in contemporary women's rewriting /
Liedeke Plate.
imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
description
xi, 239 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0230232213 (hbk.), 9780230232211 (hbk.)
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imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
isbn
0230232213 (hbk.)
9780230232211 (hbk.)
contents note
Remembering the past, manufacturing memories: contemporary women's rewriting and/as cultural memory -- En/gendering cultural memory: rereading, rewriting and the politics of recognition -- Women's rewriting as counter-memory: an ABC of "stolentelling" (authorship, branding, and copyright) -- Untold stories: "writing back" to silence -- High infidelity: tradition, rewriting and the paradoxes of decanonization -- Winged words: women's rewriting as remythologizing.
catalogue key
7615014
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 193-213) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Liedeke Plate is Assistant Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and Chair of the Dutch Women's Studies Association.
Reviews
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'Transforming Memories in Contemporary Women's Rewriting is a sophisticated study of the role of rewriting within contemporary feminist literature. With a tone that is often philosophical and yet carries a sound attentiveness to the particularities of individual works, this book provides a strong and individual contribution to make to the field. The discussion of the commoditisation of women's rewriting in the marketplace and the inherent conservatism of publishers and purchasers is handled with care and precision. This book is certain to have relevance to both researchers and students working on contemporary women's writing and twenty-first century writing more generally.' - Dr Mark Llewellyn, University of Liverpool, UK; Consultant Editor to Neo-Victorian Studies and co-author (with Ann Heilmann) of Neo-Victorianism: The Victorians in the Twenty-first Century, 1999-2009 (2010).
'Transforming Memories in Contemporary Women's Rewriting is a sophisticated study of the role of rewriting within contemporary feminist literature. While 're-vision', following Adrienne Rich's conceptualisation in the 1970s, has received a fair amount of critical attention, Plate provides an added dimension to the ways we might consider its presence in our culture. Plate's broad range of texts and contexts English, European, North American and the period covered make the book's analyses detailed and representative. With a tone that is frequently philosophical and yet a sound attentiveness to the particularities of individual works, this study is especially useful in its teasing out of the internal contradictions of critical and theoretical positions. The discussion of the commoditisation of women's rewriting in the marketplace and the inherent conservatism of publishers and purchasers is handled with care and precision, and given the current turn in contemporary women's literary studies this book is certain to have relevance to both researchers and students in the field.' - Dr Mark Llewellyn, University of Liverpool, UK; Consultant Editor to Neo-Victorian Studies and co-author (with Ann Heilmann) of Neo-Victorianism: The Victorians in the Twenty-first Century, 1999-2009 (2010).
‘Transforming Memories in Contemporary Women’s Rewriting is a sophisticated study of the role of rewriting within contemporary feminist literature. While ‘re-vision’, following Adrienne Rich’s conceptualisation in the 1970s, has received a fair amount of critical attention, Plate provides an added dimension to the ways we might consider its presence in our culture. Plate’s broad range of texts and contexts - English, European, North American - and the period covered make the book’s analyses detailed and representative. With a tone that is frequently philosophical and yet a sound attentiveness to the particularities of individual works, this study is especially useful in its teasing out of the internal contradictions of critical and theoretical positions. The discussion of the commoditisation of women’s rewriting in the marketplace and the inherent conservatism of publishers and purchasers is handled with care and precision, and given the current turn in contemporary women’s literary studies this book is certain to have relevance to both researchers and students in the field.’ - Dr Mark Llewellyn, University of Liverpool, UK; Consultant Editor to Neo-Victorian Studies and co-author (with Ann Heilmann) of Neo-Victorianism: The Victorians in the Twenty-first Century, 1999-2009 (2010).
'Transforming Memories in Contemporary Women's Rewriting is a sophisticated study of the role of rewriting within contemporary feminist literature. While 're-vision', following Adrienne Rich's conceptualisation in the 1970s, has received a fair amount of critical attention, Plate provides an added dimension to the ways we might consider its presence in our culture. Plate's broad range of texts and contexts ' English, European, North American ' and the period covered make the book's analyses detailed and representative. With a tone that is frequently philosophical and yet a sound attentiveness to the particularities of individual works, this study is especially useful in its teasing out of the internal contradictions of critical and theoretical positions. The discussion of the commoditisation of women's rewriting in the marketplace and the inherent conservatism of publishers and purchasers is handled with care and precision, and given the current turn in contemporary women's literary studies this book is certain to have relevance to both researchers and students in the field.' - Dr Mark Llewellyn, University of Liverpool, UK; Consultant Editor to Neo-Victorian Studies and co-author (with Ann Heilmann) of Neo-Victorianism: The Victorians in the Twenty-first Century, 1999-2009 (2010).
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Summaries
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Transforming Memories in Contemporary Women's Rewriting explores the role of rewriting within feminist literature from the 1970s onwards in relation to the theme of cultural memory
Long Description
Transforming Memories in Contemporary Women's Rewriting explores the role of rewriting within feminist literature from the 1970s onwards in relation to the theme of cultural memory. It discusses a broad range of European and North American texts and contexts to tease out the internal contradictions of women's rewriting in the transmission of culture. Contemporary women's rewriting emerged in a moment of history particularly obsessed with memory. A literary genre in which narratives of the past are retold from the perspective of a female character in the original story, women's rewriting literally re-calls the old stories differently. Transforming Memories in Contemporary Women's Rewriting is a detailed and representative study of how feminist fiction uses rewriting to engage questions of cultural remembrance and forgetting in relation to gendered identity, generating incisive interpretations of works by such authors as Angela Carter, J.M. Coetzee, Maryse Condé, Ursula Le Guin, Sena Jeter Naslund, Pia Pera, Michèle Roberts, Jeanette Winterson and Christa Wolf.
Main Description
Including topics as diverse as feminism and its relationship to the marketplace, plagiarism and copyright, silence and forgetting, and myth in a digital age, this book explores the role of rewriting within feminist literature from the 1970s onwards in relation to the theme of cultural memory.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Consuming Memoriesp. 1
Remembering the Past, Manufacturing Memories: Contemporary Women's Rewriting and/as Cultural Memoryp. 3
Contemporary women's rewritingp. 5
Producing the pastp. 9
Memory culturep. 12
The rise of 'the past'p. 13
Instant obsolescencep. 15
Manufacturing the pastp. 17
Consuming memoriesp. 18
Post-Fordist literary marketplacep. 21
The presence of the pastp. 24
A new historical culturep. 26
Myth as methodoloyp. 29
Tactics and strategies of memoryp. 32
Performing cultural memoryp. 34
Fair Usep. 37
En/gendering Cultural Memory: Rereading, Rewriting, and the Politics of Recognitionp. 39
Rewriting as productive receptionp. 41
Reading and (re)writing: Adrienne Rich's 're-vision'p. 45
'Récriture féminine': Hélène Cixous's écriture féminine as rewritingp. 49
Author-izing women's writingp. 54
Reader-oriented approaches and anti-authoritarianismp. 57
Production and consumptionp. 61
Women's Rewriting as Counter-memory: An ABC of 'Stolentelling' (Authorship, Branding, and Copyright)p. 66
'Literary theft' as a metaphor to live, write, and die byp. 67
Stealing the languagep. 70
The risk of rewritingp. 75
Un-author-ized rewriting: Pera's Lo's Diaryp. 78
Rewriting and brand managementp. 83
Rewriting in the post-Fordist literary marketplacep. 89
Cultural Scriptsp. 95
Untold Stories: 'Writing Back' to Silencep. 97
Silence and women's (re)writingp. 100
Rewriting silencep. 106
The subject of 'writing back'p. 109
The ethics of rewritingp. 114
Towards a poetics of silencep. 120
High Infidelity: Tradition, Rewriting, and the Paradoxes of Decanonizationp. 130
Cultural capitalismp. 132
Supplementary rewritings of female traditionp. 138
Suspicion and afterp. 144
Feminine versions: rewriting as a translation into a (m)other tonguep. 148
The liveness of the canon: paradoxes of decanonizationp. 154
Mythical Returnsp. 157
Winged Words: Women's Rewriting as Remythologizingp. 159
Rewriting in times of 'secondary orality'p. 160
Performing memoryp. 164
Mythical speechp. 168
Liquid mythologiesp. 171
Remembering the futurep. 174
Myth and memoryp. 177
Multiperspectival memoryp. 179
Notesp. 182
Bibliographyp. 193
Indexp. 214
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