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Like a Natural Woman by Kirsten Pullen

Title Like a Natural Woman
Author Kirsten Pullen
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Release 2014-08-08
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 288
ISBN 0813573912
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Bathing beauty Esther Williams, bombshell Jane Russell, exotic Carmen Miranda, chanteuse Lena Horne, and talk-show fixture Zsa Zsa Gabor are rarely hailed as great actors or as naturalistic performers. Those terms of praise are given to male stars like Marlon Brando and James Dean, whose gritty dramas are seen as a departure from the glossy spectacles in which these stars appeared. Like a Natural Woman challenges those assumptions, revealing the skill and training that went into the work of these five actresses, who employed naturalistic performance techniques, both onscreen and off. Bringing a fresh perspective to film history through the lens of performance studies, Kirsten Pullen explores the ways in which these actresses, who always appeared to be “playing themselves,” responded to the naturalist notion that actors should create authentic characters by drawing from their own lives. At the same time, she examines how Hollywood presented these female stars as sex objects, focusing on their spectacular bodies at the expense of believable characterization or narratives. Pullen not only helps us appreciate what talented actresses these five women actually were, but also reveals how they sought to express themselves and maintain agency, even while meeting the demands of their directors, studios, families, and fans to perform certain feminine roles. Drawing from a rich collection of classic films, publicity materials, and studio archives, Like a Natural Woman lets us take a new look at both Hollywood acting techniques and the performance of femininity itself.

Title Fashioning the Female Subject
Author Sabine Sielke
Publisher University of Michigan Press
Release 1997
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 284
ISBN 9780472107889
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Exploring the interrelatedness of the poetry of three American women writers

The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

Title The Soul of an Octopus
Author Sy Montgomery
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release 2016-07-12
Category Nature
Total Pages 272
ISBN 1501161148
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction * New York Times Bestseller * Starred Booklist and Library Journal Editors’ Spring Pick * A Huffington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year * One of the Best Books of the Month on Goodreads * Library Journal Best Sci-Tech Book of the Year * An American Library Association Notable Book of the Year “Sy Montgomery’s The Soul of an Octopus does for the creature what Helen Macdonald’s H Is for Hawk did for raptors.” —New Statesman, UK “One of the best science books of the year.” —Science Friday, NPR Another New York Times bestseller from the author of The Good Good Pig, this “fascinating…touching…informative…entertaining” (The Daily Beast) book explores the emotional and physical world of the octopus—a surprisingly complex, intelligent, and spirited creature—and the remarkable connections it makes with humans. In pursuit of the wild, solitary, predatory octopus, popular naturalist Sy Montgomery has practiced true immersion journalism. From New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, she has befriended octopuses with strikingly different personalities—gentle Athena, assertive Octavia, curious Kali, and joyful Karma. Each creature shows her cleverness in myriad ways: escaping enclosures like an orangutan; jetting water to bounce balls; and endlessly tricking companions with multiple “sleights of hand” to get food. Scientists have only recently accepted the intelligence of dogs, birds, and chimpanzees but now are watching octopuses solve problems and are trying to decipher the meaning of the animal’s color-changing techniques. With her “joyful passion for these intelligent and fascinating creatures” (Library Journal Editors’ Spring Pick), Montgomery chronicles the growing appreciation of this mollusk as she tells a unique love story. By turns funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, The Soul of an Octopus reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds.

Title The Masculine Woman in America 1890 1935
Author Laura L. Behling
Publisher University of Illinois Press
Release 2001
Category Political Science
Total Pages 232
ISBN 9780252026270
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Focuses on late 19th- and early 20th-century American society, where, the author says, "the beginnings of modern sexuality and psychology intersect with the foundations of modern womanhood...." Suffragettes demanding social and political independence were often transformed by literature and the popular press into "masculine women" and female sexual "inverts." While Judith Halberstam's Female Masculinities (1998), say, focused on contemporary society and the idea of male masculinity, Behling (English, Gustavus Adolphus College) exclusively addresses an earlier time when sartorial and political masculinity in relation to the female body was often interpreted as a medical as well as political condition. Behling's documents include Gertrude Stein's early novel Fernhurst, Henry James' Bostonians, Dr. William Lee Howard's novel The Perverts, newspaper accounts, Hellen Hull's "Fire," Sherwood Anderson's Poor White, and the artwork that accompanied Djuna Barnes's satiric Ladies Almanack. Annotation copyrighted by Book News Inc., Portland, OR

Octopus by Jennifer A. Mather

Title Octopus
Author Jennifer A. Mather
Publisher Timber Press
Release 2013-11-01
Category Nature
Total Pages 196
ISBN 1604695005
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An extensive natural history of the marvelous mollusk, featuring stunning photography, underwater research, and personal narratives. The visually arresting and often misunderstood octopus has long captured popular imagination. With an alien appearance and an uncanny intellect, this exceptional sea creature has inspired fear in famous lore and legends—from the giant octopus attack in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to Ursula the sea witch in The Little Mermaid. Yet its true nature is more wondrous still. After decades of research, the authors reveal a sensitive, curious, and playful animal with remarkable intelligence, an ability to defend itself with camouflage and jet propulsion, an intricate nervous system, and advanced problem-solving abilities. In this beautifully photographed book, three leading marine biologists bring readers face to face with these amazingly complex animals that have fascinated scientists for decades. From the molluscan ancestry of today’s octopus to its ingenious anatomy, amazing mating and predatory behaviors, and other-worldly relatives, the authors take readers through the astounding life cycle, uncovering the details of distinctive octopus personalities. With personal narratives, underwater research, stunning closeup photography, and thoughtful guidance for keeping octopuses in captivity, Octopus is the first comprehensive natural history of this smart denizen of the sea. Praise for Octopus: The Ocean’s Intelligent Invertebrate “The octopus—strange, mysterious, perfectly camouflaged, able to change texture, color, and shape, bendable, sneaky, and intelligent. I heartily recommend this book.” —Jean-Michel Cousteau, President, Ocean Futures Society

Title Women Poets and the American Sublime
Author Joanne Feit Diehl
Publisher Indiana University Press
Release 1990
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 203
ISBN 9780253317414
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"This is the best book on American women poets I have yet seen."Â —American Literature "... sophisticated and eloquently argued analysis of a female counter-sublime... " —Sandra Gilbert "... strong readings of Dickinson and Moore and... a vital polemic on behalf of feminist criticism." —Harold Bloom "This brilliant re-evaluation of major American women poets will be indispensable reading... A stunning and a magisterial achievement." —Susan Gubar "... a powerful thesis... a book that is as rich as it is dense in meaning." —The Women's Review of Books Employing current work in gender studies, psychoanalysis, and literary criticism and focusing on Emily Dickinson, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, and Adrienne Rich, the author delineates an alternative tradition of American women poets, what Diehl calls the American Counter-Sublime.

Warning by Mariah A. Grier

Title Warning
Author Mariah A. Grier
Publisher iUniverse
Release 2018-09-14
Category Fiction
Total Pages 296
ISBN 153205727X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book is about intriguing secrets that pretty much let the cat out the bag. A grandmother’s disappearance leaves her granddaughter Chiruka wondering if the stories she was told as a child were real. A cat named Leretta comes out of nowhere and heaves warning, along with protecting the source itself. Leretta is no ordinary cat and protects Chiruka and her little brother, Kenta, as they are encountered by unexpected, powerful, magical guests, especially the rare demon KurrYasha.

Women in Performance by Sarah Gorman

Title Women in Performance
Author Sarah Gorman
Publisher Routledge
Release 2020-07-22
Category Social Science
Total Pages 226
ISBN 1315404885
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Women in Performance: Repurposing Failure charts the renewed popularity of intersectional feminism, gender, race and identity politics in contemporary Western experimental theatre, comedy and performance through the featured artists’ ability to strategically repurpose failure. Failure has provided a popular frame through which to theorise recent avantgarde performance, even though the work rarely acknowledges stakes tend to be higher for women than men. This book analyses the imperative work of a number of female, non-binary and trans* practitioners who resist the postmodern doctrine of ‘post-identity’ and attempt to foster a sense of agency on stage. By using feminism as a critical lens, Gorman interrogates received ideas about performance failure and negotiates contradictions between contemporary white feminism, intersectional feminism, gender and sexuality. Women in Performance: Repurposing Failure reveals how performance has the power to both observe and reject contemporary feminist and postmodern theory, rendering this text an invaluable resource for theatre and performance studies students and those grappling with the disciplinary tensions between feminism, gender, queer and trans* studies.

Title Stories from the Marshall Islands
Author Jack A. Tobin
Publisher University of Hawaii Press
Release 2002
Category Fiction
Total Pages 432
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ninety folktales and stories of historical events, collected and translated into English during the third quarter of the twentieth century, including tales of origins, humanlike animals, ogres, and sprites. Includes many that are presented in the original language and amplified by extensive commentary.

Europe Through a Woman s Eye by Lucy Yeend Culler

Title Europe Through a Woman s Eye
Author Lucy Yeend Culler
Publisher
Release 1883
Category Europe
Total Pages 225
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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