(Un)like Subjects

Women, Theory, Fiction

By Gerardine Meaney

© 2012 – Routledge

266 pages

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About the Book

What is the relationship between feminist critical theory and literature?

This book deals with the relationship between women and writing, mothers and daughters, the maternal and history. It addresses the questions about language, writing and the relations between women which have preoccupied the three most influential French feminists and three important contemporary British women novelists. Treating both fiction and theory as texts, she traces the connections between the theorists – Hélène Cixious, Luce Irigaray and Julia Kristeva – and the novelists – Doris Lessing, Angela Carter and Muriel Spark.

This reading of the work of these six major women writers explores new forms of women’s identity, subjectivity and narrative and demonstrates how theoretical and literary texts can illuminate each other to bridge the gap between theory and literary criticism.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Between the Mother and the Medusa 2. The Mother as Language, Language as Mother 3. History and Women’s Time 4. (Un)Like Subjects 5. Unknowing the True-Real 6. The Abject and the Absence of the Ideal. Conclusion. Appendix. Julia Kristeva: A Chronology of Cited Texts

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Women, Feminism and Literature

Reissuing seminal works originally published between 1979 and 1994, Routledge Library Editions: Women, Feminism and Literature offers a selection of scholarship from a time of great change in feminist studies and literary studies. Topics cover all aspects of women's literature, gender and feminism through literary criticism and the work of women literary theorists.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT003000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Feminist
LIT004290
LITERARY CRITICISM / Women Authors
LIT012000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Reference
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REFERENCE / General