Writing Back: Sylvia Plath and Cold War Politics

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2002 - 289 Seiten
Writing Back: Sylvia Plath and Cold War Politics explores the relationship between Plath's writing and Cold War discourses and argues that the time (1960-1963), the place (England), and the global politics are important factors for us to consider when we consider the rhetoric of Plath's later poetry and fiction. Based on fresh readings arising from new research, this study argues that Plath should not be depoliticized, and examines her writing alongside the discourses of the period as expressed in newspaper reporting, magazines, and BBC radio. In contrasting her relationship with institutions in America in the 1950s with her responses in England to church, the American arms industry, the National Health Service, and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament it becomes clear that the process of cultural defamiliarization causes Plath to question the model of the individual artist divorced from society, a model of the writer that had previously seemed so attractive.

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Writing novels in Cambridge London and Devon Exchanging White Goddess for WASP
43
Winthrop to Winkleigh Performance Politics and Place
87
Revising and Revising The Bell Jar Manuscripts Two January 1962 Poems Elm and Ariel
121
Women and Politics on the Wireless Sylvia Plath Laura Riding and the BBC
133
Institutions and the Formation of Political Judgment Arenas Ruins Hospitals and other Troubling Places
148
The issues of our time The Observer Poetry and Thalidomide
165
The Language of Apocalypse The Ariel poems and the Discourse of Warfare
173
The Politics of Religion Father Michael and the Argument with Catholicism
212
Disturbance Panic and the Fear of World Politics
236
The Bell Jar Manuscripts
239
The Drafts of Wuthering Heights
243
The Politics of Abjection and Desire
245
Final Reading
249
Supporting evidence from the Plath MSS in the Lilly Library Manuscript Department University of Indiana at Bloomington From the Ted Hughes Pa...
253
Notes
256
Bibliography
280

The Fusion of discourses
224
Experiments with Masquerade Gender Identity and the Body Politic
228
Becoming a Writer Becoming a Smith Girl
232
Index
287
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Seite 43 - Kent. Vex not his ghost. O, let him pass! He hates him That would upon the rack of this tough world Stretch him out longer.
Seite 90 - Womanliness . . . could be assumed and worn as a mask, both to hide the possession of masculinity and to avert the reprisals expected if she was found to possess it-much as a thief will turn out his pockets and ask to be searched to prove that he has not the stolen goods. The reader may now ask how I define womanliness or where I draw the line between genuine womanliness and the 'masquerade.
Seite 220 - I think I am going up, I think I may rise — The beads of hot metal fly, and I love, I Am a pure acetylene Virgin Attended by roses, By kisses, by cherubim, By whatever these pink things mean!
Seite 225 - Probably we will never be able to determine the psychic havoc of the concentration camps and the atom bomb upon the unconscious mind of almost everyone alive in these years.
Seite 206 - One Moment in Annihilation's Waste. One Moment, of the Well of Life to taste— The Stars are setting and the Caravan Starts for the Dawn of Nothing— Oh, make haste!
Seite 220 - Is this the one I am to appear for, Is this the elect one, the one with black eye-pits and a scar? Measuring the flour, cutting off the surplus, Adhering to rules, to rules, to rules. Is this the one for the annunciation? My god, what a laugh!
Seite 225 - ... of our ideas, or indeed the absence of ideas and the absence of personality could mean equally well that we might still be doomed to die as a cipher in some vast statistical operation...

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