edited by Laura Hinton and Cynthia Hogue
contributions by Lynn Keller, Linda A. Kinnahan, Nicole Cooley, Heather Thomas, Kathleen Crown, Eileen Gregory, Susan McCabe, AnaLouise Keating, Jonathan Monroe, Charles Altieri, Cynthia Hogue, Laura Hinton, Charles Borkhuis, Carla Harryman, Aldon Lynn Nielsen, Ron Silliman, Alan Golding and Rachel Blau DuPlessis
afterword by Rachel Blau DuPlessis
University of Alabama Press, 2001
Cloth: 978-0-8173-1094-3 | eISBN: 978-0-8173-8695-5 | Paper: 978-0-8173-1095-0
Library of Congress Classification PS151.W36 2002
Dewey Decimal Classification 810.992870904


The first critical volume devoted to the full range of women's postmodern works

We Who Love to Be Astonished collects a powerful group of previously unpublished essays to fill a gap in the critical evaluation of women's contributions to postmodern experimental writing. Contributors include Alan Golding, Aldon Nielsen, and Rachel Blau DuPlessis; discussions include analyses of the work of Kathleen Fraser, Harryette Mullen, and Kathy Acker, among others. The editors take as their title a line from the work of Lyn Hejinian, one of the most respected of innovative women poets writing today.

The volume is organized into four sections: the first two seek to identify, from two different angles, the ways women of different sociocultural backgrounds are exploring their relationships to their cultures' inherited traditions; the third section investigates the issue of visuality and the problems and challenges it creates; and the fourth section expands on the role of the body as material and performance.

The collection will breach a once irreconcilable divide between those who theorize about women's writing and those who focus on formalist practice. By embracing "astonishment" as the site of formalist-feminist investigation, the editors seek to show how form configures feminist thought, and, likewise, how feminist thought informs words and letters on a page. Students and scholars of avant-garde poetry, women's writing, and late-20th-century American literature will welcome this lively discussion.