Some Hungarian and American Women Writers
Chapter 5: Speaking from the Margin: Gertrude Stein’s "Tender Buttons" and Agáta Gordon’s "Goat Rouge" [Kecskerúzs]
101 Chapter 5: Speaking from the Margin: Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons and Agáta Gordon’s Goat Rouge [Kecskerúzs] The various feminist projects converge on the idea that language (understood in its widest sense, as the varied system of discourses through which the world becomes constructed) is the primary cultural agency through which the mascu- line dominates and represses the feminine. To effect a change at all, it is neces- sary to undermine language from within, or to mark the ways in which language reveals its own undermining. In much feminist thought, language is under- stood as a wholly phallogocentric and monolithic domain, which has no place for the ‘woman’ who becomes in her difference and otherness the figure for all that remains repressed and silenced (Showalter 1991: 336). In this chapter, I am analyzing another two works by women writers that foreground the issues of marginality and textuality, in other words, the issues of centered and decentered identity. They belong to different literary traditions: Gertrude Stein’s Tender But- tons to the American modernist, and Agáta Gordon’s Goat Rouge [Kecskerúzs] to the contemporary Hungarian literary context. The reason I read them together is that they both address the problem of representing female marginal positions constructed by discourse and they both question the figure of the implied reader as an united and fixed identity. Also, they are exemplary works of an experimen- talist feminine literary discourse that has a long tradition in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. As Friedman...
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