First published in 1987, the essays in this volume focus on questions of gender, property and power in the use of rhetoric and the practice of literary genres, and provide a historicised cultural critique. They analyse the links between rhetoric and property, but also representations of women as unruly, excessive, teleology-breaking figures — intermeshing with feminist theory in the wake of Freud, Lacan and Derrida. A wide variety of texts — from Genesis to Freud, by way of Shakespeare, Milton, Rousseau and Emily Brontë — are examined, held together by a concern for the entanglements of rhetorical questions of literary plotting, hierarchy, ideological framing and political consequence.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments; 1 Retrospective Introduction 2 Literary Fat Ladies and the Generation of the Text 3 The Metaphorical Plot 4 Suspended Instruments: Lyrics and Power in the Bower of Bliss 5 Transfigurations: Shakespeare and Rhetoric 6 Motivated Rhetorics: Gender, Order, Rule 7 Rhetorics of Property: Exploration, Inventory, Blazon 8 The (Self-) Identity of the Literary Text: Property, Proper Place, and Proper Name in Wuthering Heights Coming Second: Woman’s Place; Notes; Index