No Mans Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century, Volume 2: Sexchanges Sandra M. Gilbert

ISBN: 9780300050257

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No Mans Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century, Volume 2: Sexchanges  by  Sandra M. Gilbert

No Mans Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century, Volume 2: Sexchanges by Sandra M. Gilbert
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What might sex be, and what could sex roles be, in the midst of a war between men and women? What is a woman, a man, an androgyne? Such questions haunt the works Gilbert and Gubar study in Sexchanges, the second volume of their landmark trilogy... MoreWhat might sex be, and what could sex roles be, in the midst of a war between men and women? What is a woman, a man, an androgyne? Such questions haunt the works Gilbert and Gubar study in Sexchanges, the second volume of their landmark trilogy No Mans Land. Investigating the connections between the feminine and the modern made by writers from Rider Haggard, Olive Schreiner, and Kate Chopin to Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, D.H.

Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, and Caryl Churchill, they show that the no mans land of the Great War became a metaphor for a crisis of masculinity—a crisis that was already associated with the decline of imperialism and the rise of the femme fatale at the fin de siecle, with the newly visible lesbian literary community that was formed in those years and with what many thinkers increasingly  understood to be the artifice of gender. Throughout this century, the therefore argue, images of sexchanges—explored in fictions about transvestism and transsexualism—constituted a set of striking tropes through which male and female writers sought to combat one anothers conceptions of the relation between anatomy and destiny.



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