The In-Between of Writing
Experience and Experiment in the Work of Drabble, Duras, and Arendt
Examines works by three very different writers to explore the relation of experience to literary experiment
Why has the increased prominence of experimental writing in the postmodern era attracted so few women practitioners? The In-Between of Writing examines works by three very different writers to answer this question and to explore the relation of experience and literary experiment. In an effort to write themselves into literary history, to make a place from which they can write, to find a woman’s voice and even a language, women have been writing more than ever and have been involved with new approaches to writing and reading. Yet postmodernism – a rubric for much of the experimental writing done since World War II – and feminism have largely failed to connect.
What links the English novelist Margaret Drabble, the French novelist and filmmaker Marguerite Duras, and the German-American philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt in this study? In readings informed by psychoanalysis, semiotics, linguistics, and deconstruction, Skoller contends that each has a distinct relation to language and has a close tie to world history that has remained largely untreated by feminist literary critics. Written at the nexus of feminism and postmodernism, this book makes starting connections between these three seemingly disparate woman writers.
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"Eleanor Skoller has chosen a fascinating trio of writers, whom she reads differently from the ways in which they have been previously read. . . . The result is an opening up of questions, a displacement of familiar formulations."
--Elaine Marks, University of Wisconsin--Madison
". . . joins a political, postmodern feminism with a renewed interest in the space created by literature for politics. . . . I was impressed by the range of the issues, the acuity of the intellect, and the beauty of the writing."
--Tobin Siebers, University of Michigan
". . . interesting and provocative reading."
--Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature
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