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Writing Double: Womens Literary Partnerships Bette Lynn London

Writing Double: Womens Literary Partnerships

Bette Lynn London

Published December 31st 1999
ISBN : 9780801485558
Paperback
234 pages
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Although Roland Barthes and Michel Foucault announced the death of the author several decades ago, critics have been slow to abandon the idea of the solitary writer. Bette London maintains that this notion has blinded us to the reality that writingMoreAlthough Roland Barthes and Michel Foucault announced the death of the author several decades ago, critics have been slow to abandon the idea of the solitary writer. Bette London maintains that this notion has blinded us to the reality that writing is seldom an individual activity and that it has led us to overlook both the frequency with which women authors have worked together and the significance of their collaborative undertakings as a form of professional activity. In Writing Double, the first full-length treatment of womens literary, partnerships, she goes to the heart of issues surrounding authorial identity.What is an author? Which forms of authorship arc sanctioned and which forms marginalized? Which of these forms have particularly attracted women? Such questions are central to Londons analysis of the challenge that womens literary collaboration presents to accepted notions of authorship. Focusing on British texts from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, she considers a fascinating variety of works by largely noncanonical, and in some instances highly unconventional, authors -- from the enormously popular novels composed by writing teams at the turn of the century, to the Bronte juvenilia and the occult scripts of Georgie Yeats and W. B. Yeats, to automatic writings produced by mediums purporting to be in communication with the spirit world.