Heroines

Kate Zambreno (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$17.95  $16.51
Publisher
Semiotext(e)
Publish Date
October 05, 2012
Pages
309
Dimensions
6.39 X 0.84 X 9.01 inches | 1.02 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781584351146
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About the Author

Kate Zambreno is also the author of two novels and three books of nonfiction. She lives in New York and teaches writing at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College.

Reviews

The book is startlingly insightful.

Listed in "Books You Should Read"

-- Jezebel.com

Issues a powerful clarion call for a supportive community of female writers who will fixate on their own experiences without shame and reject the 'measuring rod' of the 'Great American (Male) Novelist.'

--Publishers Weekly

I was reading your book intensely for days and people started asking, 'Ok ok, what is this book?' What is this book you are so enraptured by? And I said, 'Well, it's a book I've been waiting for for a long time.' I am very excited it exists.

--Mary Borkowski, The New Inquiry

It should come as no surprise that her provocative new work, Heroines, published by Semiotext(e)'s Active Agents imprint next month, challenges easy categorization, this time by poetically swerving in and out of memoir, diary, fiction, literary history, criticism, and theory. With equal parts unabashed pathos and exceptional intelligence, Heroines foregrounds female subjectivity to produce an impressive and original work that examines the suppression of various female modernists in relation to Zambreno's own complicated position as a writer and a wife.

--Christopher Higgs, The Paris Review Online

Intensity and intelligence forge the baseline current that runs through and characterizes most of Kate Zambreno's written work.

Heroines was named one of the 'Most Anticipated' Books of 2012.

--The Millions

For anyone interested in the present and future of literature, Heroines is required reading, and rereading.

--Liz Baudler, Examiner.com

Named one of the best books of 2012 by Laurie Penny in The New Statesman ('a lush, lyrical feminist memoir'), by Michele Filgate and Karolina Waclawiak at Salon, by Elissa Schappell at the Tin House blog, by Tobias Carroll at Vol. 1 Brooklyn, by Laura Pearson at Time Out Chicago, at The Nervous Breakdown, the ICA London blog, at Drawn&Quarterly bookstore, and by Verso Books.

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In her third book, Heroines, a genre-defying battle cry about forgotten and suppressed women in literature (as well as her role in the gendered story of her own life), Zambreno's mirror is more relentless and reflective than ever. A scholarly treatise for readers who never cared about scholarship, and a memoir for those who have had enough with the insularity of simple confession, Heroines synthesizes the raw passion of a diary with the relevance and scope of nothing less than the history of literature. As 2012 nears a close, I'm hard-pressed to think of a book I've read this year that obsessed me more in the moment, rippled out as much into my daily life and conversations, or left more powerful aftershocks.

--Gina Frangello, The Rumpus

Heroines reads with an almost physical urgency, as though written in a hot, hot heat, as Zambreno tangles and untangles historic and fictional literary ladies (Emma Bovary, Nicole Diver), all while chronicling her own creative frustration as she trails her husband from one backwater academic post to the next, trying to dig herself out of her own alienated funk. It's totally smart, provocative, and oddly sexy.

--Martha Bayne, Chicago Reader

Heroines is part literary criticism, part literary history, part memoir, part feminist polemic. In its form and in its writing, Heroines is what the author is trying to rescue and reclaim: to use Zambreno's favourite words, it's messy, girly, and excessive. It's also sharp, finely-structured, and meticulously (voraciously) researched.

--Subashini Navaratnam , Popmatters

Zambreno stages an impassioned encounter between the medicalised lives of Jane Bowles, Vivienne Eliot, Zelda Fitzgerald and other Modernist wives and mistresses and her own struggles as a young woman and a writer. The book sizzles with combative, confessional wit as she deconstructs the toxic strategies that Anglo-US culture uses to dismiss or erase 'the girl writing'. Brilliant and groundbreaking.

--David Kennedy , Times Higher Education

Heroines gives itself permission to be the kind of work of criticism that sometimes has tears in its eyes, that is a little red in the face by the end of the argument because it just loves the books so much; it is so invested. It is these qualities that make the book feel vast, voluptuous, while at the same time focused. It is heavily researched, sharply observed. It Takes Up Space but it does so on its own terms. And that Zambreno sets this example and does so boldly is, for me, one of the most exciting things about the work.

--Aimee Wall, Maisonneuve

The writing in Heroines is sharp, visceral, self-avowedly furious, often brilliant...

--Jerome Boyd Maunsell, Times Literary Supplement

Zambreno doesn't write with the measured voice of someone who can count on being listened to, but with the wail of someone confined to a shed.

--Sheila Heti, London Review of Books

It is in her 'counterattack against this censorship; that Zambreno is at her most exhilarating and eviscerating: rightfully unashamed to acknowledge that it began from a position of anger, Heroines is rigorous and confident, fiercely intelligent in its demand for a fairer way of reading, writing and writing about women--past, present and future.

--Juliet Jacques, New Statesman

The book sizzles with combative, confessional wit as she deconstructs the toxic strategies that Anglo-US culture uses to dismiss or erase 'the girl writing'. Brilliant and groundbreaking.

--David Kennedy, Times Higher Education

An eloquent plea that diaries and other traditionally 'feminine' forms of writing be paid their due.

--Kate Rouhandeh, The Paris Review Online