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Inseparable: Desire Between Women in Literature
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0307270947, Hardcover)Questions for Emma Donoghue on Inseparable
Q: What inspired you to write Inseparable? Did you feel there was something important missing from the existing scholarly work?
Q: You describe Inseparable as a sort of map and each chapter a new "terrain." What discoveries led you to choose the path you did for the book?
Q: Most of the writers you cite are men. Did this influence your reading of the texts in any way?
Q: Although you write that conclusions about real life shouldn't necessarily be drawn from these tales, are there any strong connections that you’ve found between the plot motifs you discuss and the cultures they come from?
Q: How do you feel that gender roles have evolved in today's literature?
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:54:51 -0500)
Explores the little-known literary tradition of love between women in Western literature, from Chaucer and Shakespeare to Charlotte Brontë, Dickens, Agatha Christie, and many more. Donoghue examines how desire between women in English literature has been portrayed, from schoolgirls and vampires to runaway wives, from cross-dressing knights to contemporary murder stories. She writes about the half-dozen contrasting girl-girl plots that have been retold throughout the centuries; explores the writings of Sade, Diderot, Balzac, Thomas Hardy, H. Rider Haggard, Elizabeth Bowen and others and the ways in which the woman who desires women has been cast as not quite human, as ghost or vampire; she writes about the ever-present triangle, in which a woman and a man compete for the heroine's love, and about how and why same-sex attraction is surprisingly ubiquitous in crime fiction, from the work of Wilkie Collins and Dorothy L. Sayers to that of P.D. James. Finally she examines the plotline that has dominated writings about desire between women since the late nineteenth century: how a woman's life is turned upside down by the realization that she desires another woman, showing how this narrative pattern has remained popular and how it has taken many forms--From publisher description.
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