Gender and Allegory in Transamerican Fiction and Performance (Hardback)Katherine Sugg (author)
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Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Number of pages: 241
Weight: 455 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16 mm
Edition: 2008 ed.
"In Meditations on Quixote, Ortega y Gasset notes that the writer's choice of literary genre reflects 'at one and the same time a certain thing to be said and the only way to say it fully.' Sugg brilliantly affirms this insight by showing how writers such as Leslie Marmon Silko, Rosario Castellanos, Zoe Valdes, Cherrie Moraga, and Julia Alvarez, engage allegorical and performative strategies to say things that the novel can no longer say, to transcend identity politics and its positivist paradigms, to reposition the relations of consciousness and community. Furthermore, her transamerican perspective on these profoundly transamerican writers complicates the cultural connections that she (and they) make between genre and gender. This book will serve as a model for the comparative study of emerging expressive forms in and across the Americas." - Lois Parkinson Zamora, University of Houston
"Sugg's Gender and Allegory in Transamerican Fiction and Performance is itself an impressive performance. Critically and theoretically, it manages not merely to recover, but to reconceptualize and redeploy the productive work of allegory in a wide variety of mostly contemporary texts and performances. In doing so it demonstrates both allegory's versatility and resilience as a tool for future critical feminist work in such disciplines as cultural, performance and literary studies. Institutionally, it contributes quite valuably to the larger reconfigurations of both fields and archives, of feeling and of knowledge, currently under way in a number of intersecting scholarly fields." - Ricardo L. Ortiz, Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor of U.S. Latino Literature and Culture, Department of English, Georgetown University
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