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Listening to silences : new essays in feminist criticism

Author: Elaine Hedges; Shelley Fisher Fishkin
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.
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Thirty years ago, in a lecture at the Radcliffe Institute, Tillie Olsen first addressed the problem of silences in literature - paving the way for future explorations of the subject, including her landmark work, Silences. The subject of silences and silencing - as fact, as trope, as lens through which to understand literary history - has been central to feminist criticism ever since. In Listening to Silences, a
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elaine Hedges; Shelley Fisher Fishkin
ISBN: 0195073061 9780195073065 019507307X 9780195073072
OCLC Number: 29386478
Description: viii, 326 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Circle of women artists : Tillie Olsen and Anne Sexton at the Radcliffe Institute / Diane Middlebrook --
Reading, writing, and arithmetic : the lessons Silences has taught us / Shelley Fisher Fishkin --
Rereading Tell me a riddle in the age of deconstruction / Deborah Silverton Rosenfelt --
"No one's private ground" : a Bakhtinian reading of Tillie Olsen's Tell me a riddle / Constance Coiner --
"Further liftings of the veil" : gender, class, and labor in Frances E.W. Harper's Iola Leroy / Carla L. Peterson --
Attentive silence in Joy Kogawa's Obasan / King-Kok Cheung --
Northamerican silences : history, identity, and witness in the poetry of Gloria Anzaldúa, Cherríe Moraga, and Leslie Marmon Silko / Kate Adams --
Silences in Harriet " Linda Brent" Jacobs's Incidents in the life of a slave girl / Joanne M. Braxton, Sharon Zuber --
Women's silence as a ritual of truth : a study of literary expressions in Austen, Brönte and Woolf / Patricia Laurence --
Reading feminist readings : recuperative reading and the silent heroine of feminist criticism / Carla Kaplan --
Silent parenting in the academy / Constance Coiner --
"How many of us can you hold to your breast?" : mothering. in the academy / Diana Hume George --
Teaching from the open closet / Rebecca Mark --
Cognitive desires : an allegory of/for Chicana critics / Norma Alarcón --
Silences in the in-between : feminist women critics and the canon / Judith L. Sensibar, Judith Bryant Wittenberg --
"The great unexamined" : silence, speech, and class / Lillian S. Robinson --
Filling in the silences : Tillie Olsen's reading lists / Robin Dizard.
Responsibility: edited by Elaine Hedges, Shelley Fisher Fishkin.
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Thirty years ago, in a lecture at the Radcliffe Institute, Tillie Olsen first addressed the problem of silences in literature - paving the way for future explorations of the subject, including her landmark work, Silences. The subject of silences and silencing - as fact, as trope, as lens through which to understand literary history - has been central to feminist criticism ever since. In Listening to Silences, a group of distinguished feminist literary critics reevaluates Olsen's heritage to reassert, extend, redefine, and question her insights, and to probe the dynamics of silence and silencing as they operate today in literature, criticism, and the academy. The book traces for the first time the genealogy of an important American critical tradition, one that still influences contemporary debates about feminism, multiculturalism, and the literary canon.

Forming a highly diverse group, the contributors to Listening to Silences include Kate Adams, Norma Alarcon, Joanne Braxton, King-Kok Cheung, Constance Coiner, Robin Dizard, Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Diana Hume George, Elaine Hedges, Carla Kaplan, Patricia Laurence, Rebecca Mark, Diane Middlebrook, Carla L. Peterson, Lillian Robinson, Deborah Silverton Rosenfelt, Judith L. Sensibar, Judith Bryant Wittenberg, and Sharon Zuber.

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