Men Writing the Feminine

Literature, Theory, and the Question of Genders

Edited by Thais E. Morgan

Subjects: Literary Theory
Paperback : 9780791419946, 207 pages, August 1994
Hardcover : 9780791419939, 207 pages, August 1994

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Table of contents

Literature, Theory, and the Question of Genders
Thais E. Morgan

Part I: From Modern to Postmodern Literatures

Section One: Men's Femininities

The Mourner in the Flesh: George Herbert's Commemoration of Magdalen Herbert in Memoriae Matris Sacrum
Deborah Rubin

Lyrical Ballads and the Language of (Men)Feeling: Writing Women's Voices
Susan J. Wolfson

Border Disturbances: D. H. Lawrence's Fiction and the Feminism of Wuthering Heights
Carol Siegel

"To Write What Cannot Be Written": The Woman Writer and Male Authority in John Hawkes's Virginie: Her Two Lives
Peter F. Murphy

Section Two: The Gendering Gaze

Diderot and the Nun: Portrait of the Artist as Transvestite
Beatrice Durand

"This Kind": Pornographic Discourse, Lesbian Bodies, and Paul Verlaine's Les Amies
Barbara Milech

The Woman in the Mirror: Randall Jarrell and John Berryman
Christopher Benfey

William Faulkner as Lesbian Author
Frann Michel

Part II: Postmodern Theories: Beyond Gender?

Objects of Postmodern "Masters": Subject-in-Simulation/Woman-in-Effect
Martina Sciolino

The Politics of Aversion in Theory
Charles Bernheimer

Five Propositions on the future of Men in Feminism
Jonathan Culler

Two Conversations on Literature, Theory, and the Question of Genders
Robert Con Davis and Thais E. Morgan

For Further Reading

List of Contributors



What happens when a male author writes the feminine? Can a male author completely identify with a woman? Or does a male author always write through a woman's voice for purposes of his own? This fascinating collection explores these and other questions about gender and writing from a wide range of theoretical perspectives, including pyschoanalysis, semiotics, deconstruction, feminism, postmodernism, and discourse analysis. The introductory essay provides an overview of current issues and methodologies in gender theory, while the 11 essays in the book discuss novels and poems, from the seventeenth century to the present, by British, American, and French male writers who speak as, through, or like the feminine.

Authors considered in this book include George Herbert, William Wordsworth, John Hawkes, Denis Diderot, Paul Verlaine, Randell Jarrell, John Berryman, William Faulkner, Thomas Pynchon, Jacques Derrida, and Jacques Lacan.

The collection ends with a piece on the future of men in feminism, a discussion of women's and gay and lesbian studies, and a debate on future directions in gender theory. Also included is a selected bibliography of recent books of interest to scholars and students working on literature, theory, and gender. Men Writing the Feminine is designed for use in advanced undergraduate and graduate courses. It addresses men as well as women and promotes dialogue about the variety of gender positions represented in literature and theory.

Thais E. Morgan is Associate Professor of English at Arizona State University.