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- DescriptionWhy are so many fictional characters named Anna (or a variant), and what does this signify? The startling prevalence of Hannah/Anna/Anne moves from biblical literature (Old Testament Hannah and New Testament St. Anne) to classics (Anna Karenina and Anne Elliot) to popular fiction (Anna Dunlop in Sue Miller's The Good Mother), children's literature (Anne of Green Gables), films (Hannah and Her Sisters), and horror (Annie Wilkes in Stephen King's Misery). Does this represent a conscious or unconscious search for the ultimate or missing mother harking back to mythical and religious traditions? Here twenty-two essayists--literary scholars, writers, historians, classicists, feminist theorists--rise to the challenge, examining Annas in individual literary works or making intriguing connections. Universals and particulars are sorted out as the related names and themes cross time, culture, gender, and racial borders. In the process, much new and fascinating literary criticism is revealed about dozens of authors, including Anthony Trollope, John Berryman, Sean O'Faolain, Edith Wharton, Elizabeth Bowen, Anne Sexton, Arld Bennett, Doris Lessing, Tillie Olsen, Toni Morrison, Gwendolyn Brooks, Mona Simpson, Mary Lavin, and, yes, Sigmund Freud.
- Author BiographyMICKEY PEARLMAN is the editor of American Women Writing Fiction: Memory, Identity, Family, Space (1989), of Mother Puzzles: Daughters and Mothers in Contemporary American Literature (Greenwood Press, 1989), and of the forthcoming Canadian Women Writing Fiction. She is the coauthor of Inter/View: Talks with America's Writing Women (A Voice of One's Own in paper) and of Tillie Olsen. She is the author of Listen to Their Voices: 20 Interviews with Women Who Write and of the forthcoming Reinventing Reality: Muriel Spark's Fiction.
- Author(s)Mickey Pearlman
- Date of Publication23/10/1992
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight536 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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