This collection brings together an international, multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary community of scholars and practitioners in different media seeking to question and re-theorize the contested terms of our title: “woman,” “writing,” “women’s writing,” and “across.” “Culture” is translated into an open series of interconnected terms and questions. How might one write across national cultures; or across a national and a minority culture; or across disciplines, genres, and media; or across synchronic discourses that are unequal in power; or across present and past discourses or present and future discourses?
The collection explores and develops recent feminist, queer, and transgender theory and criticism, and also aesthetic practice. “Writing across” assumes a number of orientations: posthumanist; transtemporal; transnationalist; writing across discourses, disciplines, media, genres, genders; writing across pronouns – he, she, they; writing across literature, non-literary texts, and life.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities.
Table of Contents
Introduction – Women Writing Across Cultures: Present, Past, Future Pelagia Goulimari
Part I: Theorizing "Woman" and "Writing"
1. A Symbiological Approach to Sex, Gender, and Desire in the Anthropocene Regenia Gagnier
2. Is there Such a Thing as "Woman Writing"? Julia Kristeva, Judith Butler and Writing as Gendered Experience Sylvie Gambaudo
3. From Symptom to the Symbolization of Receptivity: A Girl’s Psychoanalytic Journey Louise Gyler
4. Theorizing Closeness: A Trans Feminist Conversation Talia Bettcher and Pelagia Goulimari
Part II: Transnational
5. Spreading the Word: The "Woman Question" in the Periodicals A Voz Feminina and O Progresso (1868–69) Cláudia Pazos-Alonso
6. Encounter with the Mirror of the Other: Angela Carter and her Personal Connection with Japan Natsumi Ikoma
7. Transnational Theatrical Representation of the Aging: Velina Hasu Houston’s Calligraphy Eriko Hara
Part III: Transtemporal: Present & Past
8. Tracing Back Trauma: The Legacy of Slavery in Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Literature by Women Claire Williams
9. To be or Not to be Métis: Nina Bouraoui’s Embodied Memory of the Colonial Fracture Mona El Khoury
10. Constructing Selfhood through Re-voicing the Classical Past: Bernardine Evaristo, Marlene NourbeSe Philip, and Robin Coste Lewis Tessa Roynon
11.Faith, Family, and Memory in the Diaries of Jane Attwater, 1766–1834 Cynthia Aalders
12. Women’s Voices of Renewal within Tradition: The Women of the Wall of Jerusalem Kim Treiger-Bar-Am
Part IV: Transtemporal: Present & Future
13. Attitudes to Futurity in New German Feminisms and Contemporary Women’s Fiction Emily Spiers
14. "Aulinhas de Seduça˜o" [Small Lessons in Seduction]: Clarice Lispector on How (Not) to be a Woman Mariela E. Méndez
15. "Does Feminism Have a Generation Gap?": Blogging, Millennials and the Hip Hop Generation Alison Winch
16. Feminist to Postfeminist: Contemporary Biofictions by and about Women Artists Julia Novak
Part V: Across Discourses
17. Practice and Cultural Politics of "Women’s Script": Nüshu as an Endangered Heritage in Contemporary China Fei-wen Liu
18. "My main job is to translate / pain into tales they can tolerate // in another language": Women’s Poetry and the Health Humanities Jane Dowson
19. Love in the Novels of Toni Morrison Jean Wyatt
20. Ethical Ways of Seeing the Female Nude in Spanish Cinema María Donapetry
Part VI: Writing Across Pronouns: She, He, They, Sie
21. On or about December 1930: Gender and the Writing of Lives in Virginia Woolf Morag Shiach
22. Writing as a "sie": Reflections on Barbara Köhler’s Odyssey Cycle Niemands Frau Georgina Paul
23. They Aliki Krikidi
24. Gendered Expectations: Writing Counter to my Gender Lauren Grodstein
25. Writing Men Imagining Women Kirsty Gunn
Pelagia Goulimari teaches feminist theory, feminist writing and women’s writing at the English Faculty, University of Oxford, UK. She is Co-Convenor of the interdisciplinary Oxford M.St. in Women’s Studies. Her books include Literary Criticism and Theory: From Plato to Postcolonialism (2015), Toni Morrison (2011), and the edited collection Postmodernism. What Moment? (2007). She is co-founder and co-editor of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities.