Aesthetics and Gender in American Literature: Portraits of the Woman Artist

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Bucknell University Press, 2000 - Drama - 258 pages
"In Aesthetics and Gender in American Literature: Portraits of the Woman Artist, Barker demonstrates how popular woman writers - Fanny Fern, E. D. E. N. Southworth, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Louisa May Alcott, Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, and Jessie Fauset - used the female visual artist as their artistic alter ego to renegotiate the boundaries between high and low culture." "In their challenge to a gendered, racialized evolutionary aesthetics as embodied in the female copyist as an icon of cultural reproduction, these women writers enact in a fictional format what many recent feminists address at the theoretical level: a resistance to essentialist definitions of women's nature and to "universal" standards of high culture."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Cultural Reproduction and the Female Copyist
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."....We are but ashes of fallen stars..." I have written poetry since childhood and wanted to leave some footprints in the sand by sharing my words in a book. I still have no idea of how or why I write - it just sort of hits me often at the most inappropriate times (such as in the middle of listening to a concert or when just nodding off to sleep). My 49 odd years of living on this planet has provided a rich and varied seam of material. Significantly, moving back Homeward to the spectacular landscape of North Wales in my 40s has topped up my well of inspiration. Murmurative Dances: - A few little facts about me... * I am 100% made in Wales * I have lived in 28 houses in different parts of the UK * I earn my living as a holistic therapist - * I have gradually lost my sense of smell over the years and would like to think that it has been replaced by a strong sense of intuition and need for colour in my life. * I play a mean game of Scrabble * I still don't know what I want to do when I grow up.... I am available for poetry recitals and perform in a poetry/classical guitar duo with Jonathan Richards. Contact me via for bookings or for further copies of this book.

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