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Resisting history : gender, modernity, and authorship in William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, and Eudora Welty

Author: Barbara Ladd
Publisher: Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, ©2007.
Series: Southern literary studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In a major reinterpretation, Resisting History reveals that women, as subjects of writing and as writing subjects themselves, played a far more important role in shaping the landscape of modernism than has been previously acknowledged. Here Barbara Ladd offers new readings of three southern writers who reimagined authorship between World War I and the mid-1950s." "Ladd argues that the idea of a "new woman" -  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: William Faulkner; Eudora Welty; Zora Neale Hurston; William Faulkner; Zora Neale Hurston; Eudora Welty; William Faulkner; Zora Neale Hurston; Eudora Welty; William Faulkner; Zora Neale Hurston; Eudora Welty; William Faulkner; Eudora Welty; Zora Neale Hurston
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara Ladd
ISBN: 0807132233 9780807132234
OCLC Number: 70775673
Description: viii, 175 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: The dynamo and the virgin : women, modernity, and the sublime in As I lay dying --
Putting the Colonel in : Eudora Welty's feminist poetics --
"The anonymity of a murmur" : history, memory, and resistance in Faulkner's A fable --
"Tell them two ti blancs are coming" : Zora Neale Hurston's "I"'s in Tell my horse.
Series Title: Southern literary studies.
Responsibility: Barbara Ladd.
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"In a major reinterpretation, Resisting History reveals that women, as subjects of writing and as writing subjects themselves, played a far more important role in shaping the landscape of modernism than has been previously acknowledged. Here Barbara Ladd offers new readings of three southern writers who reimagined authorship between World War I and the mid-1950s." "Ladd argues that the idea of a "new woman" - released from some of the traditional constraints of family and community, more mobile, and participating in new contractual forms of relationality - precipitated a highly productive authorial crisis of gender in William Faulkner. As "new women" themselves, Zora Neale Hurston and Eudora Welty explored the territory of the authorial sublime and claimed, for themselves and other women, new forms of cultural agency. Together, these writers expose a territory of female suffering and aspiration that has been largely ignored in literary histories." "In opposition to the belief that women's lives, and dreams, are bound up in ideas of community and pre-contractual forms of relationality, Ladd demonstrates that all three writers - Faulkner in As I Lay Dying, Welty in selected short stories and in The Golden Apples, and Hurston in Tell My Horse - place women in territories where community is threatened or nonexistent and new opportunities for self-definition can be seized." "Resisting History challenges received ideas about history as a coherent narrative and about the development of U.S. modernism and points the way to new histories of literary and cultural modernisms in which the work of women shares center stage with the work of men."--BOOK JACKET.

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