"In these intricately woven, theoretically rich and subtle essays,
Lidia Curti re-reads a diverse range of texts narrated by women in
a variety of media. She deploys the interplay between genres and
gender to disclose women narrating both the power of the female
imaginary and the poetical and political reach of the voices,
bodies and histories which sustain them."
Exploring women's narratives from an innovative feminist
perspective, Female Stories, Female Bodies combines theory and
textual commentary in a wide-ranging interrogation of
representation and identity, gender and genre. Cultural critic
Lidia Curti takes us through a diverse range of texts in a broad
spectrum of media and genres, drawing on feminist, psychoanalytic,
postmodern, and postcolonial theory in a challenging and rigorous
discussion of such themes as hybridity and monstrosity, the male
and female gaze, melancholia, desire, and paranoia.
From Angela Carter and Toni Morrison to Jeanette Winterson and
Jane Bowles, from daytime t.v. to Shakespearean drama, Curti
examines variegated "textualities" in search of the "spaces and
times" that narrative occupies in women's lives. Following de
Certeau's dictum that "our stories order our world, providing the
mimetic and mythical structures for experience," she argues that
women must retrace their way in the interminable plurality of
female narrative texts as a strategy for resisting the "official"
closure of female identity. Female Stories, Female Bodies takes us
on such a journey, bringing the body of female narrative to bear on
the lived experiences of women everywhere.
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