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  • 1
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    2015
    ISBN: 0803269633  ISBN: 9780803269637 
    Language: English
    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 ; Women and literature ; American fiction ; United States ; Language & Literature ; Feminism in literature ; Women authors ; Narration (Rhetoric) ; History and criticism ; History ; LITERARY CRITICISM ; Women Authors ; LITERARY CRITICISM / Women Authors
    ISBN: 0803269633
    ISBN: 9780803269637
    Source: eBook Academic Collection - Worldwide
    Source: Ebook Central - Academic Complete
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  • 2
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    2009
    ISBN: 0803239742  ISBN: 9780803239746 
    Language: English
    Description: George Eliot wrote that "man cannot do without the make-believe of a beginning." Beginnings, it turns out, can be quite unusual, complex, and deceptive. The first major volume to focus on this critical but neglected topic, this collection brings together theoretical studies and critical analyses of beginnings in a wide range of narrative works spanning several centuries and genres. The international and interdisciplinary scope of these essays, representing every major theoretical perspective-including feminist, cognitive, postcolonial, postmodern, rhetorical, ethnic, narratological, and hypertext studies-extends from classic literary fiction to nonfictional discourse to popular culture. The authors, respected scholars and emerging critics, ask what conventions structure our understanding of beginnings before we encounter them; how best to analyze and comprehend beginnings in historical, traditional, and postmodern works; and how endings are (often unexpectedly) related to beginnings. The contributors use historical, political, narratological, and psychological frameworks to pursue these and related questions in works by Laurence Sterne, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, Manuel Puig, Salman Rushdie, Julia Alvarez, and feminist hypertext fiction. Together their essays comprise the single most important volume for theorizing about and understanding narrative beginnings.
    Subject(s): Language & Literature ; Literature ; Narration (Rhetoric) ; Theory, etc ; History and criticism ; English literature ; LITERARY CRITICISM
    ISBN: 0803239742
    ISBN: 9780803239746
    Source: eBook Academic Collection - Worldwide
    Source: Ebook Central - Academic Complete
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  • 3
    Language: German
    Subject(s): Linguistic analysis (Linguistics)
    ISBN: 3732903761
    ISBN: 9783732903764
    Source: Alma/SFX Local Collection
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