Special Delivery: Epistolary Modes in Modern Fiction Linda S. Kauffman

ISBN: 9780226426815

Published: March 1st 1992


310 pages


Special Delivery: Epistolary Modes in Modern Fiction  by  Linda S. Kauffman

Special Delivery: Epistolary Modes in Modern Fiction by Linda S. Kauffman
March 1st 1992 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 310 pages | ISBN: 9780226426815 | 6.24 Mb

Though letter writing is almost a lost art, twentieth-century writers have mimed the epistolary mode as a means of reevaluating the theme of love. In Special Delivery, Linda S. Kauffman places the narrative treatment of love in historical context, showing how politics, economics, and commodity culture have shaped the meaning of desire.Kauffman first considers male writers whose works, testing the boundaries of genre and gender, imitate love letters: Viktor Shklovskys Zoo, Vladimir Nabokovs Lolita, Roland Barthess A Lovers Discourse, and Jacques Derridas The Post Card.

She then turns to three novels by women who are more preoccupied with politics than passion: Doris Lessings The Golden Notebook, Alice Walkers The Color Purple, and Margaret Atwoods The Handmaids Tale. By juxtaposing these womens productions with the mens production of Woman, Special Delivery dismantles the polarities between male and female, theory and fiction, high and low culture, male critical theory, and feminist literary criticism. Kauffman demonstrates how all seven texts mercilessly expose the ideology of individualism and romantic love- each presents alternate paradigms of desire, wrested from Oedipus, grounded in history and politics, giving epistolarity a distinctively postmodern stamp.

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