Adventures of the Spirit
The Older Woman in the Works of Doris, Lessing, Margaret Atwood, and Other Contemporary Women Writers
Publication Year: 2007
Published by: The Ohio State University Press
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...adventures of the spirit : the older woman in the works of Doris Lessing, Margaret atwood, and other contemporary women writers / edited by Phyllis Sternberg 1. Canadian fiction?Women authors?history and criticism. 2. american fiction?Women authors?history and criticism. 3. Canadian fiction?20th century?history and criticism. 4. Canadian fiction?21st century?history and criticism. 5. american ...
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Many people and ideas have contributed to the genesis of this collec-tion. My original idea for the book and my work on chapter 2 owe much to the intellectually bracing and spiritually enlivening climates of two study groups initiated by my friend Mark Keedwell?first one on i wish to thank my friend and colleague Jeanie Warnock for her ...
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Carolyn heilbrun, lamenting the lack of opportunities for older women to find ?something new, something not yet found? in their lives, com-ments that ?if we could discover a word that meant ?adventure? and did not mean ?romance,? we in our late decades would be able to free ourselves from the compulsion always to connect yearning and sex. . . . ...
Part 1. Doris Lessing: Spiraling the Waves of Detachment
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1. "Sleepers Wake:" The Surfacing of Buried Grief in Doris Lessing's love, again, Paule Marshall's Praiseson for the Widow, and Margaret Drabble's The Seven Sisters
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...in A Room of One?s Own, virginia Woolf observed back in 1929 that there were too few stories about the quotidian lives of women. Seventy- five years later, one regrets the shortage of salient stories about older women, fictional representations of that period in a woman?s life that one now terms ?midlife? (Gullette 77) rather than middle age. yes, ...
2. Navigating the Spiritual Cycle in Memoirs of a Survivor and Shikasta
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...as she reached her midlife and later years, Doris Lessing recorded the adventures of her spirit in both fictional and nonfictional works. While her two volumes of conventional autobiography are filled with useful accounts and insights into her life course, her fiction provides an even more powerful resource, particularly for her midlife and later ...
3. Through the "Wall:" Crone Journeys of Enlightenment and Creativity in the Works of Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood, Keri Hulme, and Other Women Writers
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Frequently, the aged and aging narrators and personas in recent wom-en?s literature are viewed as Medusa monsters like the one at avil-ion, the Tennysonian estate in Margaret atwood?s The Blind Assassin. Looking out from wrinkled and deteriorating bodies, their gazes may indeed seem like freezing evil eyes, partly because we are afraid to see, ...
Part 2. Margaret Atwood: Doubling Back Through the Labyrinth
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4. Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin as Spiritual Adventure
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...represents the spiritual adventure of its narrator, iris Chase Griffen, as she struggles to complete her memoirs and the story of her family ?before it?s too late.? iris has a heart, as an earlier generation would have phrased it, along with an octogenarian?s body, sliding relentlessly toward disintegration. her old body would probably be less interesting ...
5. "And They Went to Bury Her:" Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin and The Robber Bride
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...at the end of Cat?s Eye, protagonist elaine characterizes the old women she admires on the plane ?laughing like on gravel? as women who are ?amazingly carefree?: ?They?re rambunctious, they?re full of beans; they?re tough as thirteen, they?re innocent and dirty, they don?t give a hoot. responsibilities have fall away from them, obligations, old hates, ...
6. Atwood's Space Crone: Alchemical Vision and Revision in Morning in the Burned House
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What kind of person would best represent the human race to beings from another galaxy? Ursula Le Guin has imagined not a captain of industry but instead a ?Space Crone,? a poor old woman found selling small items in a market?smart but lacking formal education, a wife and mother, and now a grandmother. Le Guin argues that her hard-...
Part 3. Spiritual Adventuring by Other Contemporary Women Writers
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7. "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall:" Fay Weldon's Elder Fairy Tale
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Like a number of Fay Weldon?s female protagonists, Felicity Moore of Rhode Island Blues is the veteran of several unhappy marriages and a number of pregnancies, including daughters both legitimate and illegitimate, as well as two abortions. She has lived an unintention-ally adventurous life, including stretches as the wife of a poor chicken ...
8. On the Road Again: Aritha Van Herk's No Fixed Address and Suzette Mayr's The Widows
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The above-cited passage justifies the city?s new ?wellness walkways? program?an initiative that incurs great expense to retrofit unnavi-gable parts of vancouver for greater mobility. even better, the words attribute impaired mobility not to supposedly inadequate bodies but to structural?quite literally constructed?constraints, precisely dem-...
9. So Much Depends Upon a Ya-Ya Scrapbook: Trauma, Figured and Reconfigured
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...rebecca Wells?s novel Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (1996), a sequel to Little Altars Everywhere (1992), generated tremendous interest when it was first published, leading to a French translation, Les divins secrets des petites Ya-Ya (1998); Ya-Yas in Bloom (2005); and a film version. The Warner Brothers film Divine Secrets of the ...
10. Surviving the Colonialist Legacy of the Klondike Gold Rush: A Native Woman Elder's Liberatory and Integrative Storytelling Turn
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...tain a spiritual balance in the face of the catastrophic consequences of euroamerican colonization, and what is the intriguing yet crucial role that stories play in that process of personal and tribal survivance? angela Sidney?s life spanned the Klondike gold rush era and most of the twentieth century, encompassing the development of tribal colleges ...
11. "Soul Murder" and Rebirth: Trauma, Narrative, and Imagination in Shani Mootoo's Cereus Blooms at Night
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Mootoo, begins with a grim picture of its central female figure, the elderly Mala ramchandin. Drugged and bound to a stretcher, the ter-rified woman is carried into an institution for the aged and left to face prosecution for the murder of her father. after years of suffering inces-tuous childhood abuse, followed by the ostracism of her community, ...
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Page Count: 321
Publication Year: 2007