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Anne Enright

Feminine Aesthetics: Writing, Mothering, Spiraling

Caroline Moreira Eufrausino

Anne Enright has publicly evidenced gender imbalance in publishing mentioning that men mostly praise books written by men. This book claims that Enright advocates for this cause by giving voice, in her literature, to those she considers the most repressed in the society she reports to. By telling stories of pregnancy, mothers, daughters and grandmothers, she empowers women, opens up possibilities for the future and give expression to opinions long buried.

ANNE ENRIGHT Feminine Aesthetics: Writing, Mothering, Spiraling retraces Enright’s prose and it comes up with an original account of her aesthetics: Enright writes in a spiral, her works reveals a spiraling aesthetics in which the spiral is feminine and it lifts women’s reputation up.

In this aesthetical process, the author uses narrative strategies to guide the reader in a circular-upward progression towards social self-awareness. In reading Enright’s literary texts, the individual is led to perceive a self-reflection by exploring the inner self and the body of her characters. Then, carried by the spiral, the narrative promotes an elevation of the reader towards self-awareness of his or her materiality immersed in a great realm of human relations.

Preface – Acknowledgments – Introduction – Autobiography and Short Stories: Setting Form, Gender, and Tone– Can Mothers Hold a Pen?: Making Babies as a Feminist Manifesto. – "The Personal Is Political": Women’s Body as a Public Affair – Broken Pieces into a Perfect Looking Glass: Fragmentation and Continuity in the Novel’s Form– Rewriting the Past: The Portrayal of a Controversial Historical Figure during Pregnancy in The Pleasure of Eliza Lynch. – Mapping the Gap: Incoherent Connections and Written Absences in What Are You Like? – Synchronized in a Different Matrix: The Construction of a Unit in The Green Road. – Excavating the Past: Forgetfulness and Forgiveness in First-Person Narratives– Unspoken National Narratives: Body and Memory in The Gathering by Anne Enright – Casting Light over Shadows: Mother-Daughter Relationship in Actress by Anne Enright – Conclusion – Bibliography – Index.