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Anxiety, absence, anger and archetypes. The domestic familial and feminism in The Orchard Thieves and Camille's Bread.

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van der Wetering, E (2008) Anxiety, absence, anger and archetypes. The domestic familial and feminism in The Orchard Thieves and Camille's Bread. Honours thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

When it comes to using the word 'feminism' there's extreme caution .
Young women are nervous about associating themselves with
feminism, yet once they start talking about what it's like to be a
woman, their views often fit a broad feminist agenda. It's the word
that's the problem and the - in many cases - stereotypical ideas of
what it represents. (Kathy Bail "Introduction" from DIY Feminism 4)
I regard fiction, in other words, both as the document and as the
agency of cultural history. I believe it helped to formulate the ordered
space we now recognize as the household, made that space totally
functional, and used it as the context for representing normal
behaviour. In so doing, fiction contested and finally suppressed
alternative bases for human relationships. In realizing this, one
can not - I think - ignore the fact that fiction did a great deal to
relegate vast areas of culture to the status of aberrance and noise. As
the history of this female domain is articulated, then, it will outline
boldly the telling cultural move upon which, I believe, the supremacy
of middle-class culture has rested. Such a history will re-enact the
moment when writing invaded, revised, and contained the household
by means of strategies that distinguished private from social life and
thus detached sexuality from political history. On the domestic front,
perhaps even more so than in the courts and the marketplace, the
middle-class struggle for dominance was fought and won. (Nancy
Armstrong Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the
Novel 23-4)

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Keywords: Feminism in literature, Amanda Lohrey, Camille's bread, Elizabeth Jolley, The Orchard Thieves, Criticism and interpretation
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