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The erotics of talk : women's writing and feminist paradigms

Author: Carla Kaplan
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
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"In this provocative rereading of the classic texts of the feminist literary canon, Carla Kaplan takes a hard look at the legacy of feminist criticism and argues that important features of feminism's own canon have been overlooked in the rush to rescue and identify. African-American women's texts, she demonstrates, often dramatize their distrust of their readers, their lack of faith in "the cultural conversation,"  Read more...
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Kaplan, Carla.
Erotics of talk.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1996
(OCoLC)682013563
Named Person: Harriet A Jacobs; Zora Neale Hurston; Charlotte Brontë; Alice Walker; Harriet A Jacobs; Zora Neale Hurston; Charlotte Brontë; Alice Walker; Charlotte Brontë; Alice Walker; Harriet A Jacobs; Zora Neale Hurston; Alice (1944- ) Walker; Harriet Ann (1813-1897) Jacobs; Zora Neale (1891-1960) Hurston; Charlotte (1816-1855) Brontë; Harriet Ann Jacobs; Alice Walker
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carla Kaplan
ISBN: 0195099141 9780195099140 019509915X 9780195099157
OCLC Number: 34282685
Description: x, 240 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: In Search of an Ideal Listener --
1. Silence: Reading Feminist Readings: Recuperative Reading and the Silent Heroine of Feminist Criticism --
2. Contracts: Recuperating Agents: Narrative Contracts, Emancipatory Readers, and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl --
3. Romance: Girl Talk: Jane Eyre and the Romance of Women's Narration --
4. Dialogue: "That Oldest Human Longing": The Erotics of Talk in Their Eyes Were Watching God --
5. Exchange: "Somebody I Can Talk To": Teaching Feminism Thought: The Color Purple.
Other Titles: Women's writing and feminist paradigms
Responsibility: by Carla Kaplan.
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A rereading of the American feminist criticism of the past two decades and the literary canon which it has constructed as its foundation. It reads a group of feminist classics focusing on how each  Read more...

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