All contraries confounded: the lyrical fiction of Virginia by Karen Kaivola

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And, of course, incest is just one of many forbidden subjects. Female vulnerability in the world provides a useful way to understand writing that both reveals and conceals, especially writing that also subverts normative notions of sexuality, desire, anger, and aggression in order to write about female experiences differently. To make trouble by representing what the dominant culture doesn't want representedsuch as female experiences of incest or anger at women's subordinate status and limited opportunitiesis to risk some form of punishment that may involve being labeled in undesirable ways or being ostracized from one's family and community.

1 As DeKoven writes, the new order was "alluring to male modernists in its promise to destroy bankrupt bourgeois culture and to female modernists in its promise, simply, of freedom and autonomy; terrifying to male modernists in its threat to destroy their privileges and to female modernists in its potential for bringing on retribution from a still-empowered patriarchy" (21). Feminist perspectives on gender, culture, and representation have brought about significant shifts in the ways we think about twentieth-century literature.

Title. 91209dc20CIP Page v Contents Acknowledgments vii 1 Introduction 1 2 The Lyrical Body in Virginia Woolf's Fiction 17 3 Djuna Barnes and the Politics of the Night 59 4 Marguerite Duras and the Subversion of Power 101 Afterword 143 Notes 147 Bibliography 161 Index 169 Page vii Acknowledgments I want to thank Carolyn Allen for her challenging responses to early versions of this project, her assistance in helping me shape my ideas, and her more general encouragement and support of my work. I am grateful to Evan Watkins, Katherine Cummings, and Steven Shaviro for providing insightful feedback that enabled me to consider new perspectives.

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