Women, Reading, Kroetsch: Telling the Difference by Susan Rudy

By Susan Rudy

Women, examining, Kroetsch: Telling the Difference is a ebook of either sensible and theoretical feedback. a few chapters are feminist deconstructive readings of a large diversity of the writings of latest Canadian poet-critic-novelist Robert Kroetsch, from But we're Exiles to Completed box Notes. different chapters self-consciously learn the background and hazard of feminist deconstruction and feminist readings of Kroetsch’s writing by means of examining Kroetsch, Derrida, and Freud on subjectivity and sexuality; Neuman, Hutcheon, and van Herk on Kroetsch. As such, the publication speaks out of and a couple of variety of modern theoretical discourses, together with specific positions inside of Canadian literary feedback, feminism, postmodernism, and poststructuralism. Written through a girl reader whose theoretical and methodological orientations are either feminist and poststructuralist, Women, analyzing, Kroetsch: Telling the Difference problematizes notions of writing, interpreting, gender, sexuality, and subjectivity in and during Robert Kroetsch’s writings. during this severe examine of 1 writer’s paintings the writer additionally demanding situations the characteristically subservient dating of reader to textual content and so empowers the feminist reader in addition to, if now not instead of, the male author.

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Some lemons are almost round. /A lemon is not round" (123). The lemon is "named" ("it" is almost round), unnamed (only some lemons are almost round so not all lemons are round), and renamed (a lemon is not round; it must have another name; the poem must continue). ) and to another kind of father's words —the literary tradition—for a way to speak (of) lemons. S/he finds not identification, metaphor, but difference, metonomy: "As my father used to say / well I'll be cow-kicked / by a mule. / He was especially fond of lemon meringue pie" (123).

If both man and woman are subject and subjected, self and other, how do we talk about the relation supposedly "between" them? Derrida would look to the differences within the subject as having an important bearing on the relation between subjects and articulates this complexity of differential relations—tells the difference—with that now infamous word which, in French, sounds the same as difference, but is spelled with an "a" instead of an "e" in the last syllable. Differanceplays on and between the meanings of both differ and defer.

They have their open spaces and translate them into a fabled hunting" (27). The "tricks of male adventure," the tricks of narrative, both conceal and reveal the lack of totality: "total and absurd male that he was, he assumed, like a male author, an omniscience that was not ever his, a scheme that was not ever there" (76). Anna reads her father's notes to point out that history was always capable of being read as (a) her story. As I am attempting to do with Kroetsch's, Anna both does, and undoes, a feminist critique of her father's writing.

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