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  • I Dream of Madonna

    By Kay Turner

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780002552578
    • Publisher: Collins
    • Published: October 1993
    The dreams of fifty women reveal their nocturnal encounters--by turns moving, bizarre, and erotic--with the Material Girl and are accompanied by original collages that help illustrate the dreams.
  • Transgressive Tales

    By Kay Turner

    Our Price: $32.99
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780814334812
    • Publisher: Wayne State Univ Pr
    • Published: October 2012
    This compilation of essays is inspired by individual Grimm's fairy tales as seen through current academic identity-studies definitions of queerness. As a result, the collection is about womens' identity. Most of the essays celebrate the trangressiveness and bravery of women who enjoy reading about same-sex interaction, gender play, and sex change. The presence of gay or transsexual people isn't required for this approach, so it allows a collection to be flexible and transgressive, but tends to fetishize minorities who aren't present. Scholarly writers from lesbian backgrounds are present here. Some write about readers or characters who love other women. Other contributors are very excited by the gender of garments and spoons. The collection begins with a quote from Michel Foucault, but most of the essays that follow are in more accessible prose. There are pieces featuring quotes from Freud and Barthes in which the purpose of fairy tales is to display partriarchial hatred of women. There are also joyful accounts of beloved fairy tales as guides to the young academic feminist. In between are a range of feminist approaches to reading individual stories, in both personal and impersonal voice. The gem of the collection is a humorous cautionary tale about a feminist academic who sets out to study the gender attitudes of male storytellers in survival cultures. They tell her a humorous cautionary tale about a patriarchial male ethnographer who sets out to study the gender attitudes of women; she queers the story's gender but fails to notice she's the man. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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