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Following Djuna: Women Lovers and the Erotics of Loss

Allen, Carolyn

ISBN 10: 025321047X / ISBN 13: 9780253210470
Published by Indiana Univ Pr, 1996
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Title: Following Djuna: Women Lovers and the ...

Publisher: Indiana Univ Pr

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Fine

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Allen’s book will... provide the categories that will deepen our understanding of lesbian relationships and of lesbian fiction." ―Lesbian Review of Books

Barnes scholars will... want to pick up Carolyn Allen’s new book, for it not only offers perceptive readings of Nightwood and the "Little Girl" stories..., but traces the example of Barnes’s exploration of lesbian power and loss in the fiction of Jeanette Winterson, Rebecca Brown, and the underrated Bertha Harris." ―Review of Contemporary Fiction

... fascinating... [a] fine volume... " ―Choice

Following Djuna is a fascinating analysis of the textual erotics and lyrical seductions of the work of Djuna Barnes and the writers she influences. This scintillating genealogy of lesbian intertextuality... expands the field of lesbian and feminist literary inquiry and concepts of lesbian literary production." ―Judith Roof

As lesbian literary history, here is an instant classic." ―Jane Marcus

This is an important and necessary book; even further, speaking as an admirer of the writers and literary works it discusses and as a personal expert on lost love, I find Following Djuna irrestible." ―Karen Helfrich, Lambda Book Report

Carolyn Allen argues for the importance of women’s fiction in understanding women’s erotics―emotional and sexual exchanges between women.

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Following Djuna reads contemporary novelists in the tradition of Djuna Barnes, arguing for the importance of women's fiction in understanding women's erotics - emotional and sexual exchanges between women. Barnes's Nightwood, with its experimental form and passionate language, has made its mark on contemporary writers, and Carolyn Allen argues that Harris, Winterson, and Brown continue Barnes's explorations of obsession, loss, excess, and power between women lovers. Allen stresses the importance of difference in lovers who are ""like"", and the influence of memory in the making of desire. At the same time, she illuminates the ongoing trade-offs between passion and comfort, and between loss and discovery as crucial to the intensity of women's erotics.

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