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- DescriptionThe difference between modernism and postmodernism has been object to constant revision from a variety of critical perspectives. The present collection of essays on women's short fiction tackles a new this thorny distinction from the theoretical perspective sketched by psychoanalytical philosopher Slavoj Zizek. According to Zizek, modernism hints at the incompleteness of the Symbolic Order, but does so from a separate, marginal and alternative sphere of enjoyment. Postmodernism, on the contrary, exposes the fundamental inconsistency of the Symbolic Order by giving it a central place at the very core of the text. The key distinguishing feature is the mutation of the status of paternal authority throughout a century to which modernist and postmodernist texts are responsive. Starting from this theoretical premise, this volume analyses the work of five major women practitioners of the short story - Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, Elizabeth Bowen, Angela Carter, and Ali Smith - to offer fresh critical readings of canical pieces that exhibit either a modernist or a postmodernist sensibility. The volume has, therefore, both critical and theoretical value: it redefines Woolf 's and Mansfield's modernist status, the transitional character of Bowen's short stories, and the different versions of postmodernism found in the work of Carter and Smith, while, at once, contributing to the reassessment of modernism and postmodernism from a new theoretical angle. The methodological consistency of the book - half-way between collection of essays and mograph - places it at a remove from the usual collection of critical pieces from disparate perspectives around a particular issue.
- Author BiographyLaura M
Lojo Rodriguez is Senior Lecturer in English Literature (University of Santiago de Compostela). Her academic fields of interest comprise Literature(s) in English, Literary Theory, and Women's and Gender Studies, on which she has published various works. Lojo has co-edited Writing Bonds: Irish and Galician Women Writers (2009) and Creation, Publishing, and Criticism: The Advance of Women's Writing (2010), both published by Peter Lang.
- PublisherPeter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
- Date of Publication27/09/2012
- SubjectLiterary Theory
- Series TitleCritical Perspectives on English and American Literature, Communication and Culture
- Series Part/Volume Number8
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- First Published2012
- ImprintPeter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften
- Weight220 g
- Width150 mm
- Height225 mm
- Spine8 mm
- Edited byLaura Ma Lojo Rodriguez
- Edition Statement1st New edition
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