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- DescriptionThis is a startling stream-of-consciousness vel that engages questions of feminism which are as relevant today as when the vel was first published in 1969. Shifting beautifully between past and present, consciousness and dreams, Lila Karp explores the complex psyche of thirty-two year old Harriet Battenberg as she painfully reflects on her life while in the midst of a fourteen hour labour. Unmarried and entering premature labour during a holiday in her native New York, Harriet meditates on questions of motherhood, marriage and identity. Vividly told scenes of her past reveal how her history, marked by an embittered relationship with her mother; a series of unfulfilling relationships with men; a miscarriage and an abortion; and an ongoing struggle to understand what being a woman means for her, has brought Harriet to this moment.It is difficult to find authors who deal as candidly with a woman's experience of childbirth as Karp, who writes with a rare, disquieting honesty of its physical and emotional trauma without having her characters dip into self-pity. Karp's wit and unique literary style make her a distinct voice amongst writers from the 1960s US feminist movement, a voice which still resounds today for everyone desperately fighting to find themselves and write their own histories, and futures. This is a shocking and absorbing story which magnificently applies a feminist perspective to deconstruct the fundamental questions of womanhood, automy, and the very essence of human existence.
- Author BiographyLila Karp was a former director of Princeton University's Women's Center and a codirector of The Institute for the Study of Women and Men at the University of Southern California. She taught literature, film, and feminist theory in women's studies programs at many U.S. universities. At the time of her death in 2008, she was teaching existential psychotherapy at Antioch University in Los Angeles.
- Author(s)Lila Karp
- PublisherFeminist Press at The City University of New York
- Date of Publication01/05/2007
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintFeminist Press at The City University of New York
- Weight214 g
- Width132 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine13 mm
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