Cover

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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Contents

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pp. xi-xii

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Foreword

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pp. xiii-xvii

Despite the efforts of lesbian and feminist publishing houses and a few university presses, the bulk of the most important lesbian works has traditionally been available only from rare-book dealers, in a few university libraries, or in gay and lesbian...

Acknowledgments

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p. xix

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1. Introduction: Elizabeth Bowen—A Story of Sorts

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pp. 1-23

The Anglo-Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973) considered herself to be in the most eligible position to write a book about Elizabeth Bowen. She did not live to complete the set of autobiographical...

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2. Technologies of Female Adolescence

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pp. 24-71

FictionalizationlFactualization. In her preface (1952) to the American edition of The Last September (1929; hereafter LS), Elizabeth Bowen remarked upon a number of respects in which this, her second novel...

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3. Authoring Sexual Identities

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pp. 72-106

Lesbian Desire and Cultural Intelligibility. It should be clear by now that the constitutive function of ideology does not allow Lois to simply "withdraw" from the heterosexual contract in which both Gerald...

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4. Histories of Narrative Desire

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pp. 107-153

Fragmented Figments. In LS, Bowen presents an as yet unformed character trying to negotiate her position within fixed and oppressive ideological structures. Embodied in the figure of the female adolescent...

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5. The Discourse of Suspension

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pp. 154-205

Linking Plots. Stella's last dialogue with Robert appropriately takes place in the enclosure of her blacked-out flat. "Bathed in a red appearance of heat from the electric fire," the room forms a suitably "infernal" setting...

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6. Subtexts of Psychosexuality

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pp. 206-248

Structuring Stylistics. Eva Trout or Changing Scenes (hereafter, ET), as the full title of Bowen's tenth and final novel reads, was published forty-odd years after her first (The Hotel, 1927) and twenty years after the appearance...

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7. Sexual/Textual Transgressions

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pp. 249-290

Ex-centric Outlaws. It is no coincidence that Eva and Jeremy spend their first eight years together in the United States.1 As a country less exclusively rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition, or at least...

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8. From Marginality to Ex-centricity

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pp. 291-312

Poststructuralist theories of difference and the cultural break occasioned by postmodernism have rendered any foundationalist claims to universal validity politically suspect and theoretically untenable...

Notes

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pp. 313-344

Bibliography

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pp. 345-356

Index

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pp. 357-369