Adrienne Rich: The Moment of Change

Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 - 277 páginas
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Although best known as a poet, Adrienne Rich is a versatile critic and a gifted writer of nonfiction and critical theory. Writing in the oracular tradition of Whitman and Dickinson, she affirms the will to change as an enduring commitment in her life and poetry.One of America's most outspoken literary figures, her courage in speaking out against injustice in the United States and worldwide has earned her the kind of international political following few American poets enjoy. This book is a much-needed comprehensive study of her life and career. It covers the full progression of her poetry from the beginning through her most recent work. In doing so, it clarifies her entire poetic output and illuminates her concepts of nation, the female body, power, and women's sexuality.

The volume covers the full progression of her poetry from the beginning through her most recent work. It clarifies her entire poetic output and illuminates her concepts of nation, the female body, power, and women's sexuality. In doing so, it draws on a vast body of literary, theoretical, and cultural scholarship. While the book offers a thorough study of Rich and her works, it also examines the critical reaction that her controversial writings have engendered.

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Introduction A Woman Sworn to Lucidity
Beginnings Deliberate Detachment and Conscious Craft
Eruptions of the Female Psyche
New Poetry Enters the World
Seeing Is Changing Writing Is Renaming
To Be an American Woman
A New Relationship to the Universe
Here Is a Map of Our Country
Poetrys Inadmissible Untimely Messenger
A Revolutionary Textual Strategy Embodying the Materiality of Womens Experience
Fox Postmodern Adrienne Rich
Index of Adrienne Richs Works
General Index
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Página 63 - Sigh, no more, ladies, sigh no more, Men were deceivers ever ; One foot in sea, and one on shore ; To one thing constant never : Then sigh not so, But let them go, And be you blithe and bonny ; Converting all your sounds of woe Into Hey nonny, nonny.
Página 97 - ... radical implications than we have yet come to appreciate. Patriarchal thought has limited female biology to its own narrow specifications. The feminist vision has recoiled from female biology for these reasons; it will, I believe, come to view our physicality as a resource, rather than a destiny.
Página 60 - I mean to imply not simply the tracing of descent through the father . . . but any kind of group organization in which males hold dominant power and determine what part females shall and shall not play, and in which capabilities assigned to women are relegated generally to the mystical and aesthetic and excluded from the practical and political realms, (p.
Página 25 - Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.
Página 148 - From that school, I went on to Radcliffe, congratulating myself that now I would have great men as my teachers. From 1947 to 1951, when I graduated, I never saw a single woman on a lecture platform, or in front of a class, except when a woman graduate student gave a paper on a special topic. The "great men" talked of other "great men...
Página 56 - Did she put on his knowledge with his power Before the indifferent beak could let her drop?
Página 169 - When I speak of an end to suffering, I don't mean anesthesia. I mean knowing the world, and my place in it, not in order to stare with bitterness or detachment, but as a powerful and womanly series of choices: and here I write the words, in their fullness: powerful; womanly.
Página 56 - A thinking woman sleeps with monsters. The beak that grips her, she becomes.
Página 53 - We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men Leaning together Headpiece filled with straw. Alas! Our dried voices, when We whisper together Are quiet and meaningless As wind in dry grass Or rats...

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CHERI COLBY LANGDELL is Adjunct Professor of English at Azusa Pacific University.

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