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book: The Pleasure of the Feminist Text The Pleasure of the Feminist Text: Reading Michèle Roberts and Angela Carter. Amsterdam and New York, NY: Rodopi, 2009. [GENUS: Gender in Modern Culture, vol. 11].

"I would regard myself as a feminist writer, because I'm a feminist in everything else and one can't compartmentalise these things in one's life." (Angela Carter)
"When I became a feminist in 1968, I felt that I'd come home: the first home I ever had that was feminine. And it was very wild and theatrical and erotic, the early feminism." (Michèle Roberts)

Angela Carter and Michèle Roberts share a keen interest in gender and sexual identity, but many of their topics seem to mark them as opposites: Roberts's fascination with the impact of religion, motherhood and autobiography on female identity covers areas that Carter shuns in her writings. In reading these two authors parallel and in contrast to each other, this monograph follows a triple objective: it provides a comprehensive critical introduction to the works of Roberts, explores aspects of Carter's work that have not yet been analysed sufficiently (religion, motherhood, and masculinity), and uses both authors to explore motifs and strategies of feminist writing. The analyses of both authors' works are supplemented by close readings of a wide range of theoretical perspectives (especially French feminism and psychoanalysis) and concise theoretical outlines of the topics covered (radical feminism, religion, motherhood and fatherhood, masculinity, fairy tales, romances and chick lit, and history and auto/biography).

rev. Journal for the Study of British Cultures 19.1 (2012)
rev. Journal of Gender Studies 20.1 (2011)
rev. PG CWWN Newsletter 1.1 (2010)

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ISBN-10: 904202531X
ISBN-13: 9789042025318

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book: Neo-Victorian Literature and Culture ed. (with Nadine Boehm-Schnitker). Neo-Victorian Literature and Culture: Immersions and Revisitations. London and New York: Routledge, 2014 [Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature].

Neo-Victorian Literature and Culture: Immersions and Revisitations provides a comprehensive reflection of the processes of canonization, (un)pleasurable consumption and the emerging predominance of topics and theoretical concerns in neo-Victorianism. The repetitions and reiterations of the Victorian in contemporary culture document an unbroken fascination with the histories, technologies and achievements, as well as the injustices and atrocities, of the nineteenth century. They also reveal that, in many ways, contemporary identities are constructed through a Victorian mirror image fabricated by the desires, imaginings and critical interests of the present.
Providing analyses of current negotiations of nineteenth-century texts, discourses and traumas, this volume explores the contemporary commodification and nostalgic recreation of the past. It brings together critical perspectives of experts in the fields of Victorian literature and culture, contemporary literature, and neo-Victorianism, with contributions by leading scholars in the field (including Rosario Arias, Cora Kaplan, Elizabeth Ho, Marie-Luise Kohlke and Sally Shuttleworth). Neo-Victorian Literature and Culture interrogates current fashions in neo-Victorianism and their ideological leanings, the resurrection of cultural icons, and the reasons behind our relationship with and immersion in Victorian culture.

rev. Victorian Studies 59.1 (2016)
rev. Neo-Victorian Studies 8.2 (2016)
rev. Review 19: Assessing New Books on English and American Literature of the Nineteenth Century (2015)

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ISBN-13: 978-0-415-70830-2
ISBN-13 (ebook): 978-1-315-88610-7

book: Phänomene der Fremdheit ed. (with Simone Broders, Stephanie Waldow). Phänomene der Fremdheit - Fremdheit als Phänomen. Würzburg: Königshausen + Neumann, 2012 [Focus Fremdheit, Bd. 1].

Im Bewusstsein dessen, dass die Darstellung des Fremden kein mimetisches Abbild des Anderen zeigen kann und will, konzentriert sich dieser Sammelband auf die Konstruktionen und Projektionen von Fremdheit, die diesen Darstellungen zugrunde liegen. Besonderes Augenmerk richtet der Band dabei auf den Moment der Abgrenzung von dem als fremd wahrgenommenen Anderen. Hinzu kommt, dass eine Beschreibung des Anderen vom Diskurs des Selben aus immer auch einen Macht- und Ausschließungsmechanismus beinhaltet. Dem Rechnung tragend scheint die gegenwärtige Literatur und Philosophie nach Möglichkeiten der Anerkennung der Andersheit des Anderen zu suchen. Phänomene der Fremdheit - Fremdheit als Phänomen widmet sich der Fremdheit in den unterschiedlichsten Dimensionen und leistet so einen wichtigen Beitrag für die Alteritätsforschung. Der Sammelband bietet einen interdisziplinären und theoretisch fundierten Überblick über die verschiedenen Aspekte der Anerkennung von Fremdheit. Zudem zeigt er Inszenierungen und Präsentationsformen des Anderen und deren Bedeutung für die Konstitution von Identitäten auf. Zur Sprache kommen der Komplex der Fremdheit und des Anderen in der Vielfalt seiner Ausprägungen, wie etwa im Bereich der Ethnizität, der Identitätsbildung, der Geschlechterkonstruktion oder der Migrationsproblematik.

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ISBN-10: 382604696X
ISBN-13: 978-3826046964

book: But Vindicate the Ways of God ed. (with Rudolf Freiburg). "But Vindicate the Ways of God to Man": Literature and Theodicy. Tübingen: Stauffenburg, 2004 [ZAA Studies, vol. 20].

Theodicy is the attempt to explain the paradoxical coexistence of suffering and Divine benevolence; why, theodicists ask, does God, who is believed to be omnicient, omnipotent, and omnipresent, permit evil to exist at all. The present volume studies the literary discussion of theodicy by analysing a wide range of novels, dramas, and poetry from American, Canadian, Irish, English, French and German literatures. The essays [...] discuss the poetic treatment of theodicy from the 17th and 18th centuries to the postmodern period [...]. The book thus illustrates the close traditional affiliation between literature and theodicy and demonstrates that - at least during some phases of their common history - literature could be regarded as theodicy.

ISBN-10: 3860577492

book: Neo-Victorian Studies ed. (with Nadine Boehm-Schnitker). Spectacles and Things: Visual and Material Culture and/in Neo-Victorianism. Neo-Victorian Studies 4.2 (2011).

This special issue of Neo-Victorian Studies aims to investigate a hitherto under-explored aspect of neo-Victorianism: visual and material culture and the complex relationship between the twentieth/twenty-first and the nineteenth century in neo-Victorian products (texts, films, and other cultural products). The re-entry of the nineteenth century into twenty-first-century culture is inevitably visual and material: visuality takes centre stage on the textual level (e.g. memory as haunting, ghostly appearances) as well as in processes of understanding and marketing. Constructions of scopic regimes in texts or of narratological perspective pertain to the visual, as do constructions of an academic point of view that intends to understand not only neo-Victorian texts but also the relationship between the past and its contemporary re-visions. Literary descriptions of the nineteenth century as well as cultural presentifications (Gumbrecht) of things Victorian try to make the past as tangible as possible - descriptions or reproductions of Victorian interiors or fashions, of steampunk culture, of Victorian food and living conditions present the nineteenth century in commodity form. The immersion into the texture, smells and sounds of the Victorian - the visual and material worlds - is an interest that all contributions of this volume share

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