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Allen, Carolyn 1943-

Works: 12 works in 42 publications in 1 language and 2,991 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Conference papers and proceedings  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor, Thesis advisor, Other
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Publications about Carolyn Allen
Publications by Carolyn Allen
Most widely held works by Carolyn Allen
Gender, politics, and Islam by Therese Saliba( Book )
9 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 436 libraries worldwide
Following Djuna : women lovers and the erotics of loss by Carolyn Allen( Book )
11 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 404 libraries worldwide
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
Feminisms at a millennium ( Book )
7 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 243 libraries worldwide
Provoking feminisms ( Book )
7 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 218 libraries worldwide
Feminist pedagogy : positions and points of view ( Book )
1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 7 libraries worldwide
Learning the languages of nostalgia in modern and contemporary literature by Tasha Marie Buttler( file )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
This dissertation builds upon recent discourses on nostalgia that focus on the generative potential of a sustained melancholic stance and position the past as resource for the future. My particular interest is in the potential for de-subjectification out of regulatory regimes, as outlined in the work of Judith Butler, particularly in The Psychic Life of Power. This text has allowed me to develop a robust theory about accumulated experiences of love and loss that are central to the formation of "character" that repeats or disrupts patterns of social relation. I differentiate between politicized nostalgia and experiential nostalgia, suggesting that the latter can make use of inevitable experiences of loss by initiating and sustaining a melancholic agency. I use various literary texts and memoirs to identify how the thwarting of melancholia can lead to nostalgia's obverse: the desire to return suffering, or what Czech author Milan Kundera calls litost. These instances of thwarted grieving are positioned against a set of characters in the work of Virginia Woolf, Eva Hoffman, and Clarice Lispector who allow themselves to honor their experiential nostalgia rather than reverting to politicized nostalgia that repeats representations and clich©♭s associated with empire. Often these characters' grievances are undirected or misdirected criticisms of social politics and cultural inheritances that perpetuate gendered, racialized, and class identities, or even nationalistic practices that have led to loss and suffering. This study further examines the psychic economics associated with exile since, arguably, cultural inheritances are more readily perceived by those who have greater "vantage points." In most cases, exiles must re-negotiate words, gestures, and subjectivities, and may be able to see naturalized practices with heightened sensitivity in her or his choices to repeat new social practices or to modify them, pushing the limits of cultural intelligibilities. Although all of the characters in this study struggle to represent the psychic maneuvers associated with loss of something beloved, ironically, most of these novels suggest that these dynamics are inadequately representable in language. My final argument is that the nascent subjectivities that emerge out of the characters' and authors' experiential nostalgia, and the texts that strive to account for these experiences, are of consequence for more than just the transformed individuals. The final novel used in this study, Lispector's The Hour of the Star, manipulates the instruments available to narrate genesis (language) to break orders of repetition, to recodify language, and to unsettle the reader, inviting us to experience the radical alterity of another's psyche and develop affective possibilities for new moral epistemologies spoken through the fragmented languages of nostalgia
The cinematographic novel : specularity and narrative authority in The house of mirth, Mansfield Park and Villette by Lynn Dunlap( Archival Material )
1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Trevor Rhone : the comic vision by Carolyn Allen( Archival Material )
1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Writing life : reflections by West Indian writers ( Book )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Legible grief : discursive liminality in twentieth century literatures of trauma by Tesla Schaeffer( file )
1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Currently, scholars in the fields of trauma and affect studies are sharply divided on whether "direct" or extra-discursive experience is possible, and moreover about how such a space might function within the fraught contexts of survivor narratives. On the one hand, scholars of trauma in the Caruthian tradition share with affect theorists such as Eve Sedgwick an interest in possibilities of "unassimilated" or extra-discursive experience. On the other hand, there is also a rich body of research dedicated to tracing the movement of traumatic affect through discourse itself, which treats both trauma and emotion as socially-produced and historically-contingent categories of experience, available only to particular subjects at particular times. Importantly, scholars are divided in terms of where to locate possibilities of resistance against the ideological machinations that fix all bodies in networks of power, positing "unassimilated" space as either problematically apolitical or as a site of profound political possibility. Despite their differences in emphasis, however, I suggest that scholars in affect and trauma share an over-reliance on a false binary between the discursive and non-discursive realms: it is frequently assumed that if an experience fits ontologically within one, it cannot simultaneously exist in the other. My project aims to intervene at precisely the ignored middle juncture between pre-reflective or sub-conscious experience of traumatic affect and its entrance into language and discourse, to position literature as a source of knowledge about the process of assimilation itself, the entrance of encounter into language, the moment where traumatic affect is given shape in traumatic narrative. I am focused on tracing the ways in which individual grief becomes legible in discourse, analyzing the extent to which traumatic recognition may ironically either require subjective annihilation or guarantee subjective being. Through intersections among studies in trauma, affect and phenomenology, it is possible to understand assimilation in discourse as a process that needn't inevitably remove survivors from direct experience of their own emotions and experiences, and to shift conversations about the ontological existence of discursively liminal affects towards a deeper exploration both of the resilient felt-sense and of the scholarly value of affects - like grief - that frequently feel "speechless."
[Lecture on Virginia Woolf] ( visu )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 0 libraries worldwide
Lecture by Washington University Professor Carolyn Allen on Virginia Woolf. It covers Woolf's childhood, adult life, views on A room of one's own and how it relates to men/women and feminism. The videocassette also includes a reenactment of a scene from A room of one's own by actress Eileen Atkins
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Allen, Carolyn.
Allen, Carolyn (Carolyn J.)
Allen, Carolyn J.
Allen, Carolyn J. 1943-
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