Word On Being a [Woman] Writer

ISBN-10: 1558614672

ISBN-13: 9781558614673

Edition: 2004

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In this brilliant and moving collection, some of the world's most famous literary voices meditate on what it means to be a woman writer. Despite their increased visibility, women who write are still thought of as different -- sometimes celebrated, sometimes viewed with suspicion and condescension. Here, writers from all over the world explore, defy and embrace 'the woman writer': an indispensable muse to some, a troublesome burden to others; a defiant, even life-threatening identity to others still. Taking nothing as given, these writers explore the varied pleasures and dangers of writing as woman in the contemporary world. The choice to write is rarely considered free of consequences. For some of the writers in this collection, it has meant prison or exile; for others, it has required a defiance of traditions and expectations and a re-creation of identities and communities. For most, it demands a balancing act among family, practical needs and the undeniable will to create. In essays that are deeply personal and fiercely political, these writers topple all fixed ideas of 'the woman writer', revealing themselves as utterly individual and powerfully interconnected authors of the written word, of the human heart, of what we dare to imagine as possible.
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List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Feminist Press at The City University of New York
Publication date: 5/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Foreword : from margin to center
Editor's note
The structured silences of women : culture, censorship, and voice in a globalised market
Women who write too much
Lyric in a time of violence
Baghdad : these cities dying in our arms
On the line and the black pen
Writing near the bone
Word warrior
The world of poetry
Finding the groove
Only daughter
Why write?
The girl behind the smile
The semiotics of sex
Writing in the language of the other
Beyond survival : a politics/poetics of Puerto Rican consciousness
Writing with the body
On writing poetry
Stealing apples
The woman who slept with one eye open
The difficult miracle of black poetry in America or something like a sonnet for Phillis Wheatley
The interval
Women like us
Letter to a young woman poet
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