Palgrave Studies in (Re)Presenting Gender

The Menstrual Imaginary in Literature

Notes on a Wild Fluidity

Authors: Dyer, Natalie Rose

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  • Highlights contemporary feminist scholarship and activism as well as the various treatments of menstruation among critical theorists
  • Unites critical menstrual studies with literary studies
  • Argues for re-envisioning menstruation and creativity in reaction to ongoing inequities surrounding menstruation
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This book draws on literary, cultural, and critical examples forming a menstrual imaginary—a body of work by women writers and poets that builds up a concept of women’s creativity in an effort to overturn menstrual prejudice. The text addresses key arbiters of the menstrual imaginary in a series of letters, including Sylvia Plath the initiator of ‘the blood jet’, Hélène Cixous the pioneer of a conceptual red ink and the volcanic unconscious, and Luce Irigaray the inaugurator of women’s artistic process relative to a vital flow of desire based in sexual difference. The text also undertakes provocative against-the-grain re-readings of the Medusa, the SphinxLittle Red Riding Hood, and The Red Shoes, as a means of affirmatively and poetically re-imagining a woman’s flow. Natalie Rose Dyer argues for re-envisioning menstrual bleeding and creativity in reaction and resistance to ongoing and problematic societal views of menstruation.

About the authors

Natalie Rose Dyer teaches creative writing and literary studies at Deakin University, Australia. Her poetry and essays appear in literary journals such as Meanjin QuarterlyAustralian PoetryCordite Poetry ReviewMascara Literary ReviewThe University of Canberra Vice-chancellors International Poetry Prize AnthologiesThe Chiron ReviewThe Wisconsin Review, and more.

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“This beautifully-written, ambitious, and unusually creative book is a delight to all who care about feminism, embodiment, and menstruation. Dyer brilliantly recasts key writers and thinkers—Irigaray, Plath, Cixous, and Kristeva—as part of the menstrual story, and in doing so, cracks open the field of critical menstruation studies even further. Entering Dyer’s world of the menstrual imaginary offers a viscerally pleasurable and intellectually provocative experience that is not to be missed.” (Breanne Fahs, Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University, USA, and author of Out for Blood: Essays on Menstruation and Resistance (2016) and Burn It Down!: Feminist Manifestos for the Revolution (2020))
“As you take this remarkable journey through the feminist menstrual imaginary, Natalie Rose Dyer provides an innovative and energetic intersectional reading of sexual difference and menstrual activism. In an equally intriguing poetic intervention and a convincing argument, Rose Dyer outlines how menstrual activism subverts patriarchal power structures by embracing the specificities and creative potential the embodied experience of menstruation offers. Her concept of the ‘menstrual imaginary’ playfully and provocatively dismantles the overlapping systems of power colonizing the disorganized material flows of women’s bodies. This is a bold and extraordinarily perceptive rethinking of the feminist politics of corporeality.” (Adrian Parr, Professor of Public Affairs and UNESCO Chair of Water and Human Settlements, University of Texas at Arlington, USA)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Menstrual Imaginary in Literature
Book Subtitle
Notes on a Wild Fluidity
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in (Re)Presenting Gender
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-59813-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-59813-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-59812-9
Series ISSN
2662-9364
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 250
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