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Metamorphosis and the emergence of the feminine : a motif of "difference" in women's writing

Author: Paula Smith Allen
Publisher: New York : P. Lang, ©1999.
Series: Studies on themes and motifs in literature, v. 45.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Metamorphosis and the Emergence of the Feminine: A Motif of "Difference" in Women's Writing examines a motif of metamorphosis that follows the models of self-awareness proposed in several feminist theories.
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Allen, Paula Smith, 1951-
Metamorphosis and the emergence of the feminine.
New York : P. Lang, ©1999
(OCoLC)607429238
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paula Smith Allen
ISBN: 0820441228 9780820441221
OCLC Number: 39605253
Description: viii, 177 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: I. Introduction --
II. Durable Fires. The Gothic: A Premonition. Charlotte Perkins Gilman: "The Yellow Wallpaper" Gertrude Stein: "Melanctha" --
III. "Other Than Itself" --
Naming. Maria Luisa Bombal: La ultima niebla. Djuna Barnes: Nightwood. Clarice Lispector: Family Ties. Helena Maria Viramontes: "The Moths" --
IV. The Promethean Theft/Emergence. Rosario Ferre: "The Youngest Doll" Margaret Atwood: Surfacing. Sandra Cisneros: "Never Marry a Mexican" --
V. Procreation. Luisa Mercedes Levinson: "The Cove" Zora Neale Hurston: Their Eyes Were Watching God --
VI. Conclusion.
Series Title: Studies on themes and motifs in literature, v. 45.
Responsibility: Paula Smith Allen.

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"Metamorphosis and the Emergence of the Feminine: A Motif of "Difference" in Women's Writing examines a motif of metamorphosis that follows the models of self-awareness proposed in several feminist theories.

Women writers from both North and South America, including those from different ethnic groups in the United States, employ the motif of insect and seed metamorphosis, which shows a development of the motif in stages as women increasingly become aware of the existence of a feminine self that is not acknowledged in language. The use of the motif by these writers, separated by both distance and influence, is an attempt by women writers to reject the "casting" of women's experience in the archetypal images of Persephone and Penelope, as was traditionally assigned to the feminine by Western civilization.

Instead, the use of the metamorphosis motif promotes the adoption of the image of Psyche's search as appropriate to reflect the feminine quest for autonomy."--Jacket.

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