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The Resource Adventures of the spirit : the older woman in the works of Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood, and other contemporary women writers, edited by Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis

Adventures of the spirit : the older woman in the works of Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood, and other contemporary women writers, edited by Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis

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Adventures of the spirit : the older woman in the works of Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood, and other contemporary women writers
Title
Adventures of the spirit
Title remainder
the older woman in the works of Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood, and other contemporary women writers
Statement of responsibility
edited by Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In Adventures of the Spirit, Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis brings together eleven American and Canadian "literary gerontologists" to examine a new kind of adventure for the older woman in literature. This volume of critical essays analyzes recent works by contemporary women writers whose characters' midlife and later life changes are mapped in their narratives. Rather than focusing on the painful losses undergone by women of a certain age, recent narratives explore a new kind of adventure of aging, one that is spiritual in nature, enabling new ways of being and becoming, but open-ended and capable of great variation in practice. In particular, these journeys of the spirit focus on the retrospective movement undergone by a midlife or older woman as she is led by inner or outer forces to assess where she has come from and decipher a shape or pattern to her journey. These journeys do not leave the body behind as they map new spiritual territory. Rather they honor spirit's embrace of the natural world and relationships as well as its aspirations for evolving development and eternal existence. The essays in Adventures of the Spirit employ a wide variety of critical lenses to chart these adventures, including archetypal, Sufi, post-colonial, and feminist analysis; archival research; aboriginal life writing; and trauma theory. These studies bring a new understanding to women's adventure of age in both literary texts and in life. --Publisher's description
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
810.9/9287
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR9188
LC item number
.A38 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Perrakis, Phyllis Sternberg
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  • Canadian fiction
  • American fiction
  • Canadian fiction
  • Canadian fiction
  • American fiction
  • American fiction
  • Women and literature
  • Self-consciousness (Awareness) in literature
  • Older women in literature
  • Old age in literature
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Adventures of the spirit : the older woman in the works of Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood, and other contemporary women writers, edited by Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis
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"50, 1957-2007 Ohio State", on cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • Acknowledgments -- Introduction / Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis -- pt. 1. Doris Lessing : Spiraling the waves of detachment -- 1. "Sleepers wake" : the surfacing of buried grief in Doris Lessing's Love, Again, Paule Marshall's Praisesong for the Widow, and Margaret Drabble's The Seven Sisters / Virginia Tiger -- 2. Navigating the spiritual cycle in Memoirs of a survivor and Shikasta / Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis -- 3. Through the "Wall" : crone journeys of enlightenment and creativity in the works of Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood, Keri Hulme, and other women writers / Sharon R. Wilson -- pt. 2. Margaret Atwood : doubling back through the labyrinth -- 4. Margaret Atwood's The blind assassin as spiritual adventure / Earl G. Ingersoll -- 5. "And they went to bury her" : Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin and The Robber Bride / Debrah Raschke and Sarah Appleton -- 6. Atwood's space crone : alchemical vision and revision in Morning in the Burned House / Kathryn VanSpanckeren
  • pt. 3. Spiritual adventuring by other contemporary women writers -- 7. "Mirror, mirror on the wall" : Fay Weldon's elder fairy tale / Roberta Rubenstein -- 8. On the road again : Aritha Van Herk's No Fixed Address and Suzette Mayr's The Widows / Sally Chivers -- 9. So much depends upon a ya-ya scrapbook : trauma, figured and reconfigured / Sandra Singer -- 10. Surviving the colonialist legacy of the Klondike Gold Rush : a native woman elder's liberatory and integrative storytelling turn / Susan Berry Brill De Ramírez -- 11. "Soul murder" and rebirth : trauma, narrative, and imagination in Shani Mootoo's Cereus Blooms at Night / Jeanie E. Warnock -- Notes on contributors -- Index
Control code
ocn137305771
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 321 p.
Isbn
9780814291429
Isbn Type
(cd-rom)
Lccn
2007021566
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)137305771
Label
Adventures of the spirit : the older woman in the works of Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood, and other contemporary women writers, edited by Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis
Link
Publication
Note
"50, 1957-2007 Ohio State", on cover
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • Acknowledgments -- Introduction / Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis -- pt. 1. Doris Lessing : Spiraling the waves of detachment -- 1. "Sleepers wake" : the surfacing of buried grief in Doris Lessing's Love, Again, Paule Marshall's Praisesong for the Widow, and Margaret Drabble's The Seven Sisters / Virginia Tiger -- 2. Navigating the spiritual cycle in Memoirs of a survivor and Shikasta / Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis -- 3. Through the "Wall" : crone journeys of enlightenment and creativity in the works of Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood, Keri Hulme, and other women writers / Sharon R. Wilson -- pt. 2. Margaret Atwood : doubling back through the labyrinth -- 4. Margaret Atwood's The blind assassin as spiritual adventure / Earl G. Ingersoll -- 5. "And they went to bury her" : Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin and The Robber Bride / Debrah Raschke and Sarah Appleton -- 6. Atwood's space crone : alchemical vision and revision in Morning in the Burned House / Kathryn VanSpanckeren
  • pt. 3. Spiritual adventuring by other contemporary women writers -- 7. "Mirror, mirror on the wall" : Fay Weldon's elder fairy tale / Roberta Rubenstein -- 8. On the road again : Aritha Van Herk's No Fixed Address and Suzette Mayr's The Widows / Sally Chivers -- 9. So much depends upon a ya-ya scrapbook : trauma, figured and reconfigured / Sandra Singer -- 10. Surviving the colonialist legacy of the Klondike Gold Rush : a native woman elder's liberatory and integrative storytelling turn / Susan Berry Brill De Ramírez -- 11. "Soul murder" and rebirth : trauma, narrative, and imagination in Shani Mootoo's Cereus Blooms at Night / Jeanie E. Warnock -- Notes on contributors -- Index
Control code
ocn137305771
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 321 p.
Isbn
9780814291429
Isbn Type
(cd-rom)
Lccn
2007021566
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)137305771

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