Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Like Austen, the contemporary women novelist understands the power of language to both control and subvert the power of authority. Not only do irony and fantasy [myth] depend for their force upon a recognition of verbal constructions, but authors must maneuver around the language of dominant discourse in order to deconstruct cultural mythologies, including the myths that women construct about their lives...[and] inventing selves they can accept.
--- Nancy A. Walker, Feminist Alternatives: Irony and Fantasy in the Contemporary Novel by Women
Say good bye to the nymphomaniac, say good bye to the mad housewife, say goodbye to the suicidal woman, say good bye to the princess bride, say good bye to the evil stepmother, say good bye to the evil crone, say good bye to the neurotic woman, these are selves we can no longer accept. The Velvet Chamber is about to change all that.