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Author: Elaine Tuttle Hansen
Publisher: University of California Press
Keywords: crisis, motherhood, fiction, contemporary, child, mother
Number of Pages: 300
Published: 1997
ISBN-10: 0520205782
ISBN-13: 9780520205789

00 Revealing the maternal as not a core identity but a site of profound psychic and social division, Hansen illuminates recent decades of feminist thought and explores novels by Jane Rule, Alice Walker, Louise Erdrich and Michael Dorris, Marge Piercy, Margaret Atwood, and Fay Weldon. Unlike traditional stories of abandoned children and bad mothers, these narratives refuse to sentimentalize motherhood's losses and impasses. Hansen embraces the larger cultural story of what it means to be a mother and illuminates how motherhood is being reimagined today. Revealing the maternal as not a core iden
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Author: Elaine Tuttle Hansen
Publisher: University of California Press
Keywords: gender, fictions, chaucer
Number of Pages: 316
Published: 1992
ISBN-10: 0520071336
ISBN-13: 9780520071339

Hansen challenges both the long-standing myth of Chaucer as the tolerant, wise Father of English poetry and the recent arguments that Chaucer was a protofeminist, subversive of the misogyny of his day. Hansen argues that these mistaken interpretations inhibit readings of Chaucer that respond to feminist and other poststructuralist critiques of traditional literary scholarship.Hansen suggests that the woman's voice in Chaucer reflects an urgent problem of gender identity for two kinds of men, both feminized by fourteenth-century courtly conventions: those who love women, and those who traffic i
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