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Following Djuna : women lovers and the erotics of loss

Author: Carolyn Allen
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©1996.
Series: Theories of representation and difference.
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Following Djuna reads contemporary novelists in the tradition of Djuna Barnes, arguing for the importance of women's fiction in understanding women's erotics - emotional and sexual exchanges between women. Barnes's Nightwood, with its experimental form and passionate language, has made its mark on contemporary writers, and Carolyn Allen argues that Harris, Winterson, and Brown continue Barnes's explorations of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Allen, Carolyn (Carolyn J.)
Following Djuna.
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1996
(OCoLC)605402923
Named Person: Bertha Harris; Jeanette Winterson; Rebecca Brown; Djuna Barnes; Bertha Harris; Jeanette Winterson; Rebecca Brown; Djuna Barnes; Djuna Barnes; Djuna Barnes; Jeanette Winterson; Rebecca (Schriftstellerin) Brown; Djuna Barnes; Jeanette Winterson; Rebecca Brown; Djuna Barnes; Rebecca Brown; Bertha Harris; Jeanette Winterson
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carolyn Allen
ISBN: 0253330238 9780253330239 025321047X 9780253210470
OCLC Number: 32821735
Description: 142 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Djuna Barnes and Bertha Harris - Reading Erotics/Following Djuna --
Pt. 1. Djuna Barnes: The Erotics of Nurture. 1. Nightwood: Gender, Narcissism, and the Erotic Maternal in the Narrative of Nora Flood. 2. Writing toward Nightwood: Seduction in the "Little Girl" Stories --
Pt. 2. Jeanette Winterson: The Erotics of Risk --
Pt. 3. Rebecca Brown: The Erotics of Excess and the Difficulties of Difference.
Series Title: Theories of representation and difference.
Responsibility: Carolyn Allen.
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Following Djuna reads contemporary novelists in the tradition of Djuna Barnes, arguing for the importance of women's fiction in understanding women's erotics - emotional and sexual exchanges between women. Barnes's Nightwood, with its experimental form and passionate language, has made its mark on contemporary writers, and Carolyn Allen argues that Harris, Winterson, and Brown continue Barnes's explorations of obsession, loss, excess, and power between women lovers. Allen stresses the importance of difference in lovers who are "like", and the influence of memory in the making of desire. At the same time, she illuminates the ongoing trade-offs between passion and comfort, and between loss and discovery as crucial to the intensity of women's erotics.

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