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From Word to Canvas

Appropriations of Myth in Women’s Aesthetic Production

Editor(s): V.G. Julie Rajan and Sanja Bahun-Radunović
Contributors: Sanja Bahun, V.G. Julie Rajan, Siona Benjamin, Tudor Balinisteanu, Erika M. Nelson, Kirsten A. Sandrock,

Book Description

From Word to Canvas: Appropriations of Myth in Women’s Aesthetic Production is an innovative collection of essays on female aesthetic production and myth, examining the ways in which women artists and writers utilize myth to negotiate their perceptions of feminine identity and feminine representation in an increasingly complex and culturally hybrid world. The featured essays and artistic contributions address a variety of contemporary female productions, including literature, performance, and visual art, in a markedly global scope. Representing a wide range of cultures, languages, geographic locales, and social contexts—from Jewish-Hindu and Kenyan-German, through Irish, Italian, American, to Vietnamese folktales—this diversified selection underscores the agency of “the feminine gaze” across a historical and geopolitical span, a gaze through which myths from various cultures and different cultural amalgams speak to us with force and with significance. The potency of this gaze is linked to the potential of myth simultaneously to encompass and compress history, and to offer the result as a backdrop against which the move from word to canvas—or from a mythic tale to its aesthetic appropriation—is performed in female aesthetic production.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-0537-7
ISBN-10: 1-4438-0537-8
Date of Publication: 01/05/2009
Pages / Size: 180 / A5
Price: £34.99


V.G. Julie Rajan is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University, U.S.A. Her publications include: The Phenomenon of Women Suicide Bombers: Narratives of Violence (Routledge, forthcoming); Reading the “Exotic”: South Asia and Its Others (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthcoming); Violence and Gender in the Globalized World: The Intimate and the Extimate (Ashgate, 2008); and The Home and the World: South Asia in Transition (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2006).

Sanja Bahun-Radunović is Lecturer in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex, U.K. Her publications include: Modernism and Melancholia: History as Mourning-work (forthcoming); Violence and Gender in the Globalized World: The Intimate and the Extimate (Ashgate, 2008); The Avant-garde and the Margin: New Territories of Modernism (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2006); To Icarus, With Love (Prometej Publishers, 1998); and On the Atomic Bomb, Pain, Spaghetti, and the Rest (Promocija Publishers, 1994).