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Author Rosenthal, Caroline, 1969-

Title Narrative deconstructions of gender in works by Audrey Thomas, Daphne Marlatt, and Louise Erdrich / Caroline Rosenthal
Published Rochester, NY : Camden House, 2003


Description 1 online resource (193 pages)
Series European studies in American literature and culture
European studies in American literature and culture.
Contents ""CONTENTS ""; ""PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ""; ""INTRODUCTION ""; ""1: Framing Theories""; ""2: “Alice Hoyle: 1,000 Interlocking Pieces�: Identity Deconstructions in Audrey Thomas�s Intertidal Life""; ""3: “You Can�t Even Imagine?�: Monstrous Possibilities of Female Identity in Daphne Marlatt�s Ana Histori""; ""4: “Her Laugh an Ace�: Narrative Tricksterism in Louise Erdrich�s Tetralogy ""; ""CONCLUSION ""; ""WORKS CONSULTED ""; ""INDEX ""
Summary By analyzing the works of Thomas, Marlatt, and Erdrich through the lenses of subjectivity, gender studies, and narratology, Caroline Rosenthal brings to light new perspectives on their writings. Although all three authors write metafictions that challenge literary realism and dominant views of gender, the forms of their counter-narratives vary. In her novel 'Intertidal Life', Thomas traces the disintegration of an identity through narrative devices that unearth ruptures and contradictions in stories of gender. In contrast, Marlatt, in 'Ana Historic', challenges the regulatory fiction of heterosexuality. She offers her protagonist a way out into a new order that breaks with the law of the father, creating a 'monstrous' text that explores the possibilities of a lesbian identity. In her tetralogy of novels made up of 'Love Medicine, Tracks, The Beet Queen', and 'The Bingo Palace, ' Erdrich resists definite readings of femininity altogether. By drawing on trickster narratives, she creates an open system of gendered identities that is dynamic and unfinalizable, positing the most fragmented worldview as the most enduring. By applying gender and narrative theory to nuanced analysis of the texts, Rosenthal's study elucidates the correlation between gender identity formation and narrative. Caroline Rosenthal is assistant professor of American Studies at the University of Constance, Germany
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-188) and index
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Subject Thomas, Audrey, 1935- Intertidal life
Marlatt, Daphne. Ana historic
Erdrich, Louise -- Technique
Erdrich, Louise
Canadian fiction -- Women authors -- History and criticism
Canadian fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Women and literature -- Canada -- History -- 20th century
Women and literature -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Narration (Rhetoric) -- History -- 20th century
Sex role in literature.
American literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism
Narration (Rhetoric)
Deconstructivism (Architecture)
deconstruction (theory)
LITERARY CRITICISM -- American -- General.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Gender Studies.
American literature -- Women authors
Women and literature
Sex role in literature
Narration (Rhetoric)
Intellectual life
Canadian fiction -- Women authors
Canadian fiction
North America -- Intellectual life -- 20th century
United States
North America
Genre/Form History
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781571136275