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Cultural criticism in women's experimental writing; the poetry of Rosmarie Waldrop, Lyn Hejinian, and Susan Howe.

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Cultural criticism in women's experimental writing; the poetry of Rosmarie Waldrop, Lyn Hejinian, and Susan Howe.

Freitag, Kornelia.

Universitatsverlag Winter

2006

379 pages

$65.00

Hardcover

American studies-a monograph series; v.128

PS151

Freitag analyzes a genre that is still as controversial as it was when such writers first appeared in print but has grown to become a thriving and highly visible field. She shows that women's poetic experiments are a critique of current practices of culture that relegate women's poetry and experimental writing to different spheres, a situation that further disassociates women from their writing. She examines the idea that women writers are fiction, feminist criticism of women's experimental poetry, and postmodern challenges to representation, then evaluates Waldrop's play with language, Hejinian's experiments with "genre of life" writing, and Howe's work in postmodern treatments of historiography. The result elucidates a genre that is often rejected by both the general readership and critics, including the reasons why they are incapable of reading women experimental writers.

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