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In Adventures of the Spirit, Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis brings together eleven American and Canadian “literary gerontologists” to examine a new kind of adventure for the older woman in literature. This volume of critical essays maps changes in recent midlife and older women’s narratives by contemporary women writers. Rather than focusing on the painful losses undergone by women of a certain age, recent narratives explore a new kind of adventure of aging, one that is one spiritual in nature, enabling new ways of being and becoming, but open-ended and capable of great variation in practice. In particular, these journeys of the spirit focus on the retrospective movement undergone by a midlife or older woman as she is led by inner or outer forces to assess where she has come from and decipher a shape or pattern to the journey. These journeys do not leave the body behind as they map new spiritual territory. Rather they honor spirit’s embrace of the natural world and relationships as well as its aspirations for evolving development and eternal existence. The essays in Adventures of the Spirit employ a wide variety of critical lenses to chart these adventures, including archetypal, Sufi, post-colonial and feminist analysis, archival research, aboriginal life writing, and trauma theory. These studies bring a new understanding to women’s adventure of age in both literary texts and in life.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis
  3. pp. 1-24
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  1. Part 1. Doris Lessing: Spiraling the Waves of Detachment
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. 1. "Sleepers Wake:" The Surfacing of Buried Grief in Doris Lessing's love, again, Paule Marshall's Praisesong for the Widow, and Margaret Drabble's The Seven Sisters
  2. Virginia Tiger
  3. pp. 27-46
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  1. 2. Navigating the Spiritual Cycle in Memoirs of a Survivor and Shikasta
  2. Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis
  3. pp. 47-82
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  1. 3. Through the "Wall:" Crone Journeys of Enlightenment and Creativity in the Works of Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood, Keri Hulme, and Other Women Writers
  2. Sharon R. Wilson
  3. pp. 83-102
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  1. Part 2. Margaret Atwood: Doubling Back Through the Labyrinth
  2. pp. 103-104
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  1. 4. Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin as Spiritual Adventure
  2. Earl G. Ingersoll
  3. pp. 105-125
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  1. 5. "And They Went to Bury Her:" Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin and The Robber Bride
  2. Debrah Raschke, Sarah Appleton
  3. pp. 126-152
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  1. 6. Atwood's Space Crone: Alchemical Vision and Revision in Morning in the Burned House
  2. Kathryn VanSpanckeren
  3. pp. 153-180
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  1. Part 3. Spiritual Adventuring by Other Contemporary Women Writers
  2. pp. 181-182
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  1. 7. "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall:" Fay Weldon's Elder Fairy Tale
  2. Roberta Rubenstein
  3. pp. 183-199
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  1. 8. On the Road Again: Aritha Van Herk's No Fixed Address and Suzette Mayr's The Widows
  2. Sally Chivers
  3. pp. 200-215
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  1. 9. So Much Depends Upon a Ya-Ya Scrapbook: Trauma, Figured and Reconfigured
  2. Sandra Singer
  3. pp. 216-240
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  1. 10. Surviving the Colonialist Legacy of the Klondike Gold Rush: A Native Woman Elder's Liberatory and Integrative Storytelling Turn
  2. Susan Berry Brill de Ramírez
  3. pp. 241-269
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  1. 11. "Soul Murder" and Rebirth: Trauma, Narrative, and Imagination in Shani Mootoo's Cereus Blooms at Night
  2. Jeanie E. Warnock
  3. pp. 270-298
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 299-302
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 303-321
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814272114
Related ISBN
9780814210642
MARC Record
OCLC
1228476217
Pages
321
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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