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  • 1
    Article
    Article
    2016
    ISSN: 1946-2204 
    Language: English
    In: StoryWorlds, 2016-12-01, Vol.8 (2), p.113-133
    Description: The fact that the unnatural is not bounded by temporal borders or literary movements makes it uniquely situated for the analysis of forms that seem to defy categorization under one or both of these rubrics. [...]the porous borders of the unnatural leave space for both ideologically and historically inflected readings of narrative form. The unintended consequences of such a legacy for some black feminist writers who utilize narrative forms resistant to the dominant mimetic paradigm have arguably been misreading, misunderstanding, and at times invisibility. Since its publication in 1992, Alice Walker's The Color Purple and its explicitly womanist agenda have sparked much controversy over the value of political fiction and the devaluing of fiction written from black female perspectives. [...]critics such as Molly Hite and Henry Louis Gates Jr. suggest that these "errors" are central to both the political and the artistic work performed by Walker. Because she lacks ac- cess to these broader connections, she writes to God, a revision of the epistolary convention that, some critics complain, robs the form of its power by removing the multiple voices typically inherent in the form.
    Subject(s): Activist art ; African American literature ; African Americans ; Aristophanes (450?-388? BC) ; Bibliographies ; Black people ; Communication failure ; Feminism ; Feminist Fiction and Unnatural Narrative Theory ; Fiction ; Ideology ; Literary criticism ; Mimesis ; Narrative modes ; Narrative poetry ; Narratives ; Narratology ; Nielsen, Brian ; Plot (Narrative) ; Politics ; Race in literature ; Reading ; Sex in literature ; Walker, Alice ; Walker, Alice (1944- ) ; Written narratives
    ISSN: 1946-2204
    E-ISSN: 2156-7204
    Source: JSTOR Arts & Sciences V
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  • 2
    Book
    Book
    2015
    ISBN: 0803269633  ISBN: 9780803269637  ISBN: 9780803285026  ISBN: 0803285027 
    Language: English
    In: Opening Acts, 2015
    Description: In the beginning there was . . . the beginning. And with the beginning came the power to tell a story. Few book-length studies of narrative beginnings exist, and not one takes a feminist perspective.Opening Actsreveals the important role of beginnings as moments of discursive authority with power and agency that have been appropriated by writers from historically marginalized groups. Catherine Romagnolo argues for a critical awareness of how social identity plays a role in the strategic use and critical interpretation of narrative beginnings. The twentieth-century U.S. women writers whom Romagnolo studies-Edith Wharton, H.D., Toni Morrison, Julia Alvarez, and Amy Tan-have seized the power to disrupt conventional structures of authority and undermine historical master narratives of marriage, motherhood, U.S. nationhood, race, and citizenship. Using six of their novels as points of entry, Romagnolo illuminates the ways in which beginnings are potentially subversive, thereby disrupting the reinscription of hierarchically gendered and racialized conceptions of authorship and agency.
    Subject(s): 20th century ; American fiction ; Authorship ; Feminism ; Feminism in literature ; History ; History and criticism ; Language & Literature ; LITERARY CRITICISM ; LITERARY CRITICISM / Women Authors ; Narration (Rhetoric) ; Narratives ; Novels ; Social identity ; United States ; Women ; Women and literature ; Women Authors ; Writers
    ISBN: 0803269633
    ISBN: 9780803269637
    ISBN: 9780803285026
    ISBN: 0803285027
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  • 3
    Article
    Article
    2016
    ISSN: 1946-2204 
    Language: English
    In: StoryWorlds, 2016, Vol.8 (2), p.113
    Subject(s): 1900-1999 ; African American feminist women novelists ; American literature ; black-white relations ; lesbians ; narratological approach ; novel ; racism ; The Color Purple ; Walker, Alice
    ISSN: 1946-2204
    E-ISSN: 2156-7204
    Source: JSTOR Arts & Sciences V
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  • 4
    Article
    Article
    2003
    ISSN: 0039-3827  ISSN: 1934-1512 
    Language: English
    In: Studies in the novel, 2003-07-01, Vol.35 (1), p.89-107
    Subject(s): 1900-1999 ; American literature ; Asian Americans ; Authors ; beginnings ; Creation myths ; English Literature ; Feminism ; feminist approach ; History ; Identity ; Mothers ; Myths ; Narrative ; Narrative perspectives ; narrative structure ; Narratives ; Narratology ; Nationalism ; novel ; Novels ; Subjectivity ; Tan, Amy ; The Joy Luck Club ; Twentieth Century ; Women authors ; Women writers ; Works ; Written narratives
    ISSN: 0039-3827
    ISSN: 1934-1512
    E-ISSN: 1934-1512
    Source: JSTOR Arts & Sciences XI
    Source: MLA International Bibliography with Full Text
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  • 5
    Book chapter
    Book chapter
    2011
    ISBN: 9780292726321  ISBN: 0292726325 
    Language: English
    In: Analyzing World Fiction, 2011-09-01, p.183
    Description: According to Edward Said in his seminal study Beginnings: Intention and Method, “we can regard a beginning as the point at which, in a given work, the writer departs from all other works.” Beginnings, he argues, “immediately establish relationships with works already existing, relationships of either continuity or antagonism or some mixture of both” (3). They “represent the first step in the intentional production of meaning” (5). Along with endings, beginnings, as Homi Bhabha states in The Location of Culture, have represented “the sustaining myths” of our culture (1).¹ Implicit in both these studies is an understanding of beginnings as
    Subject(s): Arts ; Behavioral sciences ; Communications ; Cultural identity ; Fiction ; Group identity ; Historical methodology ; Historiography ; History ; Literary characters ; Literary elements ; Literary genres ; Literary studies ; Literature ; Middle Passage ; Narrative history ; Narrative modes ; Narratives ; Narratology ; Novels ; Psychology ; Slave trade ; Slavery ; Social organization ; Social psychology ; Social sciences ; Sociology ; Written narratives
    ISBN: 9780292726321
    ISBN: 0292726325
    Source: De Gruyter eBooks
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  • 6
    Language: English
    In: Analyzing World Fiction, 2021, p.183-198
    Source: De Gruyter eBooks
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  • 7
    Book chapter
    Book chapter
    2009
    ISBN: 0803239742  ISBN: 9780803239746 
    Language: English
    In: Narrative Beginnings, 2009-01-01, p.149
    Description: In his seminal studyBeginnings: Intention and Method, Edward Said defines beginnings as “the first step in the intentional production of meaning” (5). Implicit in Said’s study is an understanding of beginnings as integral to comprehending the ways narratives construct knowledge, experience, subjectivity, and identity. Although this “intentional production of meaning” has been a central concern of feminist literary criticism since feminism was in its first wave, feminist theorists have examined nearly every aspect of narrative—except this first step. Several narrative theorists have established the importance of formal beginnings, but with the sole exception of Said they offer almost
    Subject(s): Arts ; Behavioral sciences ; Communications ; Cultural identity ; Epistemology ; Fiction ; Focalization ; Gender identity ; Gender studies ; Group identity ; Imperialism ; Literary elements ; Literary genres ; Literary studies ; Literature ; Narrative point of view ; Narratives ; Narratology ; National identity ; Novels ; Philosophy ; Political ideologies ; Political philosophy ; Political science ; Psychology ; Social psychology ; Social sciences ; Subjectivity ; Written narratives
    ISBN: 0803239742
    ISBN: 9780803239746
    Source: eBook Academic Collection - Worldwide
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  • 8
    Article
    Article
    2003
    ISSN: 0039-3827 
    Language: English
    In: Studies in the novel, 2003-04-01, Vol.35 (1), p.89
    Description: [...]through the chain of signifiers set in motion by the Coca Cola icon, Tan's myth not only subverts the authority of cultural symbols, but confirms cultural identity to be discursively constructed. [...]The Joy Luck Club is constructed in such a manner that it has at least four section openings and sixteen chapter openings (four sections each with four chapters). [...]each of the characters has at least two narratives (which with the exception of Suyuan, each narrates herself) and each of these narratives has at least one opening of its own, not necessarily coinciding with the opening pages of a section or a chapter; thus, the number of conceivable structural narrative openings is quite large. [...]the movements from China to the United States and back to China are lateral, significant because of the material effects they have upon the women of Tan's story. [...]the text implies a more complex understanding of the relationship among cultural origins, history, and the development of individual female and cultural identities. [...]although each daughter comes closer to a complete knowledge of her mother, she can never fully achieve her goal, for much of the mother's past is unknowable. [...]the mothers only represent a small portion of the daughters' discursively constructed identities, which are variously formed by the stories their mothers tell, their education in U.S. schools, and their exposure to the media's representations of their cultural heritage. 9 Although many feminist scholars of narrative assert that sequential narrative form is inherently conservative and restrictive, this essay takes the position that narrative form in and of itself is without inherent ideological value; the ideological valences are instead attributable to the "social uses that can be made of [narrative form]," to use Margaret Homan's words (7).
    Subject(s): Feminism ; Tan, Amy
    ISSN: 0039-3827
    E-ISSN: 1934-1512
    Source: JSTOR Arts & Sciences XI
    Source: MLA International Bibliography with Full Text
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  • 9
    Article
    Article
    2012
    ISSN: 0042-742X 
    Language: English
    In: Vital speeches of the day, 2012-08-01, Vol.78 (8), p.265
    Description: English professor Catherine Romagnolo talks about the importance of circulating a discourse of kindness and acceptance. She believes that words can lead to important changes in how people view the world. She also reveals that she once doubted the power of discourse despite all the evidence provided by her students.
    Subject(s): Career preparation ; College graduates ; College teachers ; Indirect discourse ; Methods ; Romagnolo, Catherine ; Speeches, lectures and essays
    ISSN: 0042-742X
    Source: Business Source Ultimate
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  • 10
    Book chapter
    Book chapter
    2015
    ISBN: 0803269633  ISBN: 9780803269637 
    Language: English
    In: Opening Acts, 2015-10-01, p.i
    ISBN: 0803269633
    ISBN: 9780803269637
    Source: eBook Academic Collection - Worldwide
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