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Hadaller, David, 1954-
Madison [N.J.] : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, c1996
|Named Person:||William Styron; William Styron; William Styron; William Styron|
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|Description:||218 p. ; 24 cm.|
|Contents:||1. The Depiction of Women in the Novels of William Styron: Feminist Dialogics, Bakhtin, and the American Heroine as Casualty --
2. Bring Home the Bride Again: The Women of Lie Down in Darkness --
3. Yet Am I His Creature Still: The Women of Set This House on Fire --
4. Ye Shall All Bow Down to the Slaughter: The Women of The Confessions of Nat Turner --
5. The Essential Region of the Soul: The Women of Sophie's Choice --
6. Postscript: Feminist Dialogics, the Language of Authority, and the Novels of William Styron.
The other female voices in Styron's ensuing three major novels are violated, both physically and psychologically, by those men and women who, wittingly or unwittingly, enforce the structures of a pervasive patriarchal social consensus. The most egregious example is that of Sophie Zawistowska in Sophie's Choice, whose roles as Aryan dream girl, dutiful housewife, and sexy "survivor" eventually lead to her desperate suicide. Gynicide and psychogynicide are Hadaller's terms for the deaths female characters suffer as a result of the interplay of social forces in Styron's fictive discourses. Based upon the work of M. M. Bakhtin, Hadaller's rigorous and systematic evaluation of the important female characters in Styron's major works explores how women are silenced both by suicide and by male violence in the form of gynicide. Hadaller employs feminist dialogics, a method that is particularly useful in examining both gynicide and its variant psychogynicide, a psychic death-in-life.
Feminist dialogics concentrates on those women who are forced by patriarchy into submissive roles either by brute force or by social coercion or both. The four major novels of William Styron present the reader with a carnival of voices that are nonetheless engaged in a serious, often fatal, polemic with the overwhelmingly patriarchal society that defines and manipulates them. Hadaller explores in detail Styron's well-known and successful narratives, but Set This House on Fire is especially reexamined in terms of recent critical assumptions that find the novel to be a work of understated power and complexity. The Confessions of Nat Turner is similarly reapproached as a tour de force that is itself a study of the rigid structures of the patriarchal American slave economy. Hadaller's study reveals the depth of understanding Styron brings to his presentation of women in each of his narratives, but also challenges those critics who would falsely label Styron a misogynist.
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