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New book announcement by Gerardo Rodríguez Salas and Isabel-Maria Andres-Cuevas

7 October 2011

We are delighted to announce a new book publication by KMS member Gerardo Rodríguez Salas and Isabel-Maria Andres-Cuevas, with a foreword by KMS President, Vincent O’Sullivan:

The Aesthetic Construction of the Female Grotesque in Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf: A Study of the Interplay of Life and Literature

Rodriguez-Salas, Gerardo , & Andres-Cuevas, Isabel-Maria


This work examines the use of the female grotesque by Mansfield and Woolf to critique Edwardian social and sexual norms, with emphasis on the role of maternity in constructing feminine identity.

This text examines a previously unrecognized strategy in Mansfield and Woolf for the subversion of imperial and patriarchal power.


“…one of the most original and engaging comparisons yet made between the work of Woolf and Mansfield.” – Prof. Angela Smith (Emeritus), University of Stirling

“…offers a fresh perspective on how we may read both women writers….the way in which subversion is woven into every fiber of their works [is] strengthened, deepened, and illuminated by this new study.” – Prof. Merry Pawlowski, California State University, Bakersfield

Table of Contents

Foreword Professor Vincent O’ Sullivan
Introduction: A Public Meal for Two

Chapter 1:Contextualizing the Female Grotesque and Cannibalism

  • Parodying Femininity: Mimicry and Masquerade
  • The Maternity Debate
  • The Female Grotesque
  • Theorizing Cannibalism

Chapter 2: ‘My Insides Are All Twisted Up’: The Female Grotesque and Maternity

  • A Big Shadow with a Grown-Up Baby
  • Maternity and Submission
  • Maternity and Rebellion
  • A Boar in the Nursery: Repulsive Images of Maternity

Chapter 3: Cannibalism and Gender

  • Hot Meat: Female Victimization by Men
  • She is a Man Eater: Male Victimization by Women
  • Mulier Mulieri Lupa: Female Victimization by Women

Chapter 4: Cannibalism and Power Relations

  • ‘Give ‘em a Bone’: Cannibalism and the Inversion of the Father-Child Binary
  • ‘Be Merciful Unto Me, O God, [...] for Man Goeth about to Devour Me’: The Devouring Action of the British Empire

Appendix I. List of Abbreviations

ISBN10:  0-7734-1565-3   ISBN13:  978-0-7734-1565-2    Pages:  152    Year:  2011  

Series: hors série Number: 0

Subject Areas:  Forthcoming, Women's Studies,

Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press

USA List Price: $109.95 UK List Price: £ 74.95