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Loving against the Odds

Women’s Writing in English in a European Context


Elizabeth Russell

The essays collected in this volume include a selection of those presented at a conference in the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain, in 2002. They highlight the existence of a European network of women’s writing which became a valuable source of consciousness-raising, not only for European women writers, but also for their readers. The main theme running through the essays is love: women loving against the odds and transcending all kinds of obstacles. Does love speak a common language or is it inevitably linked to social mores and individual experience? Does desire work in the same way? Do love and desire have the power to subvert dichotomous thinking and motivate real change? The texts studied in this volume are both fictional and factual, from plays and novels to diaries, letters and drama performances. The countries the essays travel through, and the languages they encounter, all contribute to forming a magic web of connections, solidarities and ideas that truly cross boundaries.
Contents: Patsy Stoneman/Angela Leighton: General Editors’ Preface – Elizabeth Russell: Introduction – Annamaria Lamarra: Love and Be Damned: New Perspectives in Seventeenth-Century Literature by Women – Julia Salmerón: Barely Saved from Drowning: The Max Ernst - Leonora Carrington Affair – Valerie Sanders: ‘Fighting & Tired but Yours for Ever’: Katherine Mansfield’s Love-Letters, 1918 – Elizabeth Russell: The Translation of Seduction and Desire in Cross-Cultural European Contexts – María S. Suárez Lafuente: Love, Pleasure and Old Age in English and Spanish Literature – Ana Zamorano: ‘I love you is always a quotation’: Vita Sackville-West, Violet Trefusis and Virginia Woolf’s Intertextual Rapport – Jozefina Komporaly: Transcending Boundaries: National Identity and Sexual Transgression in Hungarian and English Modernism – Julie Ellam: Jeanette Winterson and the Power of Love – Patsy Stoneman: Loving the Enemy: History and Autobiography in Charlotte Brontë’s Effort to Reconcile Wellington and Napoleon – Márta Minier: Living and (Re)Writing Against the Odds: Embroidering the Brontës into the Hungarian Postmodern – Margarida Esteves Pereira: Romancing Female Identity: The Influence of Jane Eyre on Portuguese Women’s Novels – Eleonora Federici: An Inner Landscape of Obsessions: Jane Urquhart’s The Whirlpool, Changing Heaven and The Underpainter – Eva Thienpont: ‘Women Who Did’: Female Playwrights at the Turn of the Century – Francesca Rayner: ‘Putting on the Destined Livery’: Actresses Play Isabella – Claudia Capancioni: From Independence to Fascism: British Women Writers Depicting Italy in the Interwar Period.