Dwelling in Possibility

9780801431999: Hardback
Release Date: 18th December 1997

9780801482946: Paperback
Release Date: 18th December 1997

4 black/white illustrations

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 392

Series Reading Women Writing

Cornell University Press

Dwelling in Possibility

Women Poets and Critics on Poetry

"Dwelling in Possibility is a splendid collaboration between poets and critics. Prins and Shreiber have interwoven sophisticated feminist critical essays with poetic meditations on genre and gender; the dialogues they set up are lyrically elegant as...

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Dwelling in Possibility cuts across conventional boundaries between critical and creative writing by featuring the work of both women poets and feminist critics as they explore and exemplify the relationship between gender and poetic genres. The contributors suggest new ways of thinking and writing about poetry in light of contemporary questions about history and identity. Most of the contributions are published here for the first time.

Yopie Prins is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. Maeera Shreiber is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Southern California.

Yopie Prins is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. Maeera Shreiber is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Southern California.

"Dwelling in Possibility is a splendid collaboration between poets and critics. Prins and Shreiber have interwoven sophisticated feminist critical essays with poetic meditations on genre and gender; the dialogues they set up are lyrically elegant as well as intellectually exhilarating. This collection not only sets a new standard for feminist theorizing about poetic genres, it performs the pleasures of feminist reading in all their diversity."

Mary Loeffelholz, author of Dickinson and the Boundaries of Feminist Theory

"The powerful insight of this 370-page collection of women's writing is that the participation of women poets in the public sphere cannot be measured adequately unless feminist genre theory learns how to 'open the borders'—to recognize how generic hybridity has helped to define cultural and political movements and to build connections between academics and other communities, as the book itself exemplifies."

Contemporary Literature

"A lovely book.... This anthology is immensely erudite, detailed, precise, and thoughtful.... Every essay in this collection is a solid meal, nothing is skippable or skimmable."

Meryl Altman
The Women's Review of Books