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By Paul Jahshan

Henry Miller is without doubt one of the least stylistically understood smooth writers. Having been dubbed a Zen saint and ostracized as a contented pornographer, Miller is now relegated to the museum of literary oddities and his textual content taken care of with unjustified indifference. If the impression of French surrealism has been famous by means of such a lot critics and readers, it's not and not using a price: Miller is adequately categorised as a «surrealist» author and so much, if now not all, of his stylistic peculiarities are therefore with ease disposed of. What Miller’s texts percentage with these of the French surrealists is an imagery of extra, certainly, yet one that is economically and masterfully aimed toward a reader whose response(s) assist in developing a in particular Millerian model of stylistic deviation. This learn makes a speciality of the best way this «Millerian textual content» invitations a clean re-reading of 1 of America’s top smooth authors.

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But, for literature, the affective responses and creative articulations speak in ways the statistics cannot. The “mythical norm” as Audre Lorde calls it,79 or the “standard,” is defined as white male, monied, propertied, middle or upper class, thin, young, blonde, Christian, heterosexual. The more one can check off in these categories the better off one is in society. ” Anytime we pose Black women and women of color against these, generally we note the oppositional or negative marking inscribed.

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Is theory a hegemonic discourse which imposes a new hierarchy? Is it important to pursue the specificity of Black female identity theoretically? What happens to the readership when the language of theory is deployed? Barbara Christian offered a self-reflexive approach to theorizing as practice in her Black Feminist Criticism98 which included a reading of Buchi Emecheta. bell hooks99 is making substantial contributions to theory as she criticizes by her process the very nature of theory. But what about the discussions that surround feminism and deconstruction or feminism and postmodernism?

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