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Language in her eye : views on writing and gender by Canadian women writing in English

Author: Libby Scheier; Sarah Sheard; Eleanor Wachtel
Publisher: Toronto : Coach House Press, ©1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A hit from the moment it was published in the fall of 1990, this highly successful collection of original essays, articles, and commentaries by 44 distinguished authors poets, fiction writers, essayists, biographers, and journalists including Margaret Atwood, Dionne Brand, June Callwood, Barbara Godard, Janette Turner Hospital, Linda Hutcheon, Paulette Jiles, Dorothy Livesay, Daphne Marlatt, Erin Moure, Erika
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Libby Scheier; Sarah Sheard; Eleanor Wachtel
ISBN: 0889103976 9780889103979
OCLC Number: 1032778577
Description: 308 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: If You Can't Say Something Nice, Don't Say Anything At All / Margaret Atwood --
The Sound Barrier: Translating Ourselves in Language and Experience / Himani Bannerji --
Within the Net / Roo Borson --
Bread Out of Stone / Dionne Brand --
Letting the Silence Speak / Di Brandt --
The Ovarian Imperative / June Callwood --
The Operative Principle Is Trust / Anne Cameron --
Biography and Feminism / Elspeth Cameron --
Writing Along Gender Lines / Susan Crean --
Speaking the Flesh / Lorna Crozier --
The Problem of Desire / Beverley Daurio --
Conversations with the Living and the Dead / Mary di Michele --
About My Name / Sandy Frances Duncan --
Becoming My Hero, Becoming Myself: Notes Towards a Feminist Theory of Reading / Barbara Godard --
Voices / Leona Gom --
The Present Kristjana Gunnars --
Ole Talk ; A Sketch / Claire Harris --
Musings on the Feminist Muse ; New Year's Day, 1990 / Margaret Hollingsworth --
Letter to the Editors / Janette Turner Hospital --
The Particular Meets the Universal / Linda Hutcheon --
About Women and Writing / Edith Iglauer --
Never a Cowgirl / Ann Ireland --
Third Force Feminism / Paulette Jiles --
Gender, Language, Genre / Janice Kulyk Keefer --
The Magic of Others / Lenore Keeshig-Tobias --
Poetry is for People: An Interview by Pamela Banting and Kristjana Gunnars / Dorothy Livesay --
Native Myths: Trickster Alive and Crowing / Lee Maracle --
Difference (em)bracing / Daphne Marlatt --
My Evolution as a Lesbian Feminist Writer / Mary Meigs --
A Tension of Isms / Kathy Mezei --
Poetry, Memory and the Polis / Erin Mouré --
The Disappearing Debate: Racism and Censorship / Marlene Nourbese Philip --
I Only Laugh When It Hurts; That Can't Be Right / Erika Ritter --
Deception in Search and the Truth / Jane Rule --
Chopped Liver / Libby Scheier --
A Feminist at the Carnival / Gail Scott --
The Same Ticking Clock / Carol Shields --
Desire and the Mythology of Femininity / Susan Swan --
One Twelfth / Judith Thompson --
Some Notes on the Story of Esther / Rhea Tregebov --
Of Viscera and Vital Questions / Aritha van Herk --
The Breasts Refuse / Betsy Warland --
Message Machine/ Phyllis Webb --
The Interrupted Sex / Helen Weinzweig.
Responsibility: edited by Libby Scheier, Sarah Sheard and Eleanor Wachtel.

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"A hit from the moment it was published in the fall of 1990, this highly successful collection of original essays, articles, and commentaries by 44 distinguished authors poets, fiction writers, essayists, biographers, and journalists including Margaret Atwood, Dionne Brand, June Callwood, Barbara Godard, Janette Turner Hospital, Linda Hutcheon, Paulette Jiles, Dorothy Livesay, Daphne Marlatt, Erin Moure, Erika Ritter, Jane Rule, Gail Scott, Carol Shields, and Susan Swan -- is now available through ECW. Topics include the existence (or not) of a speciffically female or "feminist" point of view; appropriation of voice; the influence of various currents in feminist literary theory; the particular versus the universal, and the ambiguities inherent in such issues, etc. Articulate, revelatory, humorous, and highly readable, these essays are essential reading for those interested in the most transformative and influential social and cultural movement of this century."--Amazon.ca.

"From Publishers Weekly : This splendidly diverse collection reflecting on the uneasy relationship between politics and literature will appeal to writers and readers of feminist prose. Margaret Atwood argues that feminism should liberate women writers, not simply replace one set of taboos with another: "We were told endlessly: thou shalt notstet ital . We don't need to hear it again, and especially not from women." Lee Maracle makes a charge of plagiarism against writers who appropriate and anthologize Native stories, reducing them to so-called "Indian Mythology" that she terms "anthropocentric drivel." Margaret Hollingsworth notes in turn that "nobody ownsstet ital a myth, a culture, a story" as she contemplates how men dominate Canadian theater and debates whether her plays should reflect larger social concerns. Scheier reviews feminist deconstruction, the false "binary opposition" of feminist and writer in her sense of identity, and concludes that writing can express inspiration as well as ideology. Scheier asks rhetorically, "What's wrong with mixing a little mystification ... and romanticism into one's deconstructionism? Takes the edge off." The editors are Canadian writers."--Via amazon.ca.

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