Passion, Politics and the Body
February 1998 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Adrienne Rich is one of the foremost women poets and theorists writing in America today. In this accessible introduction to Adrienne RichÆs work, author Liz Yorke reviews the process and development of her ideas through time, ideas that are worked out in and through both her prose and her poetry. As a lesbian poet, Rich has participated in many of the major political debates within second-wave feminism. This book explores the complexity and subtlety of RichÆs contribution to feminism and outlines her ideas on motherhood, heterosexuality, lesbian identity, Jewish identity, and issues of racial and sexual otherness. Liz Yorke conveys the range of RichÆs achievements and highlights the major themes in RichÆs work.
`What I Know, I Know through Making Poems'
Reversing the Going Logic
Lesbian Identity, Compulsory Heterosexuality and `The Common "Woman"'
Back to the Body, Back to Earth
Inside and Outside, Centre and Margin, Jew and Gentile
`Liz Yorke clearly and precisely explains the ideas of Adrienne Rich's work and situates them in the history of feminist thought. However, this is no dry disputation. Yorke is alive to the creative and dynamic elements in Rich's thinking and, while not neglecting the poetry, she makes a wholly convincing case for the centrality of Rich's prose writing' - Mary Eagleton, University College of Ripon and York St John