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Enacting Past and Present: The Memory Theaters of Djuna Barnes, Ingeborg Bachmann, and Marguerite Duras (review)

Enacting Past and Present: The Memory Theaters of Djuna Barnes, Ingeborg Bachmann, and Marguerite... 04-Reviews_295-326 6/24/05 8:22 AM Page 311 Reviews 311 aspect of Woolf ’s life. Does it matter, Lee asks, if the film version prevails as a defining portrait of Woolf? To the extent that it misrepresents the reality of her life, of course. But, as Lee concedes, Woolf—as any subject—will con- tinue to be reinvented; any life, protean and elusive, refuses to be owned. Linda Simon Michaela M. Grobbel. Enacting Past and Present: The Memory Theaters of Djuna Barnes, Ingeborg Bachmann, and Marguerite Duras. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2004. 207 pp. ISBN 0-7391-0756-9, $65.00. Enacting Past and Present offers, in successive chapters, close readings of three innovative and provocative twentieth-century women’s texts—Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood (1936), Ingeborg Bachmann’s Malina (1971), and Marguerite Duras’s Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein (1964)—focusing on memory as a per- formative act, the return of corporeality to classical understandings of mem- ory, and the infusion of the present in any construction of the past. Pursuing its inquiry from a postmodern feminist perspective shaped by the work of contemporary theorists of the body (Elizabeth Grosz) and of performativity (Judith Butler), and drawing as well as on the work of Sigmund Freud and Walter Benjamin, the book considers each http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

Enacting Past and Present: The Memory Theaters of Djuna Barnes, Ingeborg Bachmann, and Marguerite Duras (review)

Biography , Volume 28 (2) – Aug 3, 2005

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04-Reviews_295-326 6/24/05 8:22 AM Page 311 Reviews 311 aspect of Woolf ’s life. Does it matter, Lee asks, if the film version prevails as a defining portrait of Woolf? To the extent that it misrepresents the reality of her life, of course. But, as Lee concedes, Woolf—as any subject—will con- tinue to be reinvented; any life, protean and elusive, refuses to be owned. Linda Simon Michaela M. Grobbel. Enacting Past and Present: The Memory Theaters of Djuna Barnes, Ingeborg Bachmann, and Marguerite Duras. Lanham, MD: Lexington, 2004. 207 pp. ISBN 0-7391-0756-9, $65.00. Enacting Past and Present offers, in successive chapters, close readings of three innovative and provocative twentieth-century women’s texts—Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood (1936), Ingeborg Bachmann’s Malina (1971), and Marguerite Duras’s Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein (1964)—focusing on memory as a per- formative act, the return of corporeality to classical understandings of mem- ory, and the infusion of the present in any construction of the past. Pursuing its inquiry from a postmodern feminist perspective shaped by the work of contemporary theorists of the body (Elizabeth Grosz) and of performativity (Judith Butler), and drawing as well as on the work of Sigmund Freud and Walter Benjamin, the book considers each

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