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1 Fiction and The Female Community

2 Questions Who writes the novel within the novel? Who are the “writers” in the novel? How is writing related to life and the living?

3 Outline Writing: The Purposes and “Left-Hand” Writers Writing and living

4 Purposes of Writing 1. Laura’s Writing: A. The notebook –p. 500 (The golden lock) – 1. Latin – to absolve Iris 2. History – to commemorate her experience with Alex 3. Geography – the “two” rivers—” the Jogues and the Louveteau” – p French – Alex’s language 5. Mathematics - (a guide to truth)

5 Revelation of Truth: Richard and Laura Interest shown: p. 376; 381 Rejection in Avilion( “you’ll have to let him touch you.”), Sunnyside, Xanadu (Laura intimidated 331), Queen Mary (ashtray –p. 378), Sacrifice starts in Water Nixie (p ) Toronto: a frequent matter ; Laura changed (Kitten p. 429)

6 Purposes of Writing A. Writing as a Passive Act – Iris being written on (371); the hand severed from her (373) B. Iris –first novel – (pp ) – Fantasy, escape and Memorial A memorial for herself, Laura and for Alex; Alex is in another dimension of space for Laura The four endings of “BA” – “Be Rage” “Yellow curtain” “telegram” “destruction of Sakiel-Norn”

7 Purposes of Writing Iris –first novel – (pp ) Not wanting to be in spotlight; “cowardice” “ The real author was neither one of us: a fist is more than the sum of its fingers.” “left-handed book” – the invisible or forgotten hand, the hand severed and set loose

8 Writing and the Living Iris—2 nd novel To heal her wounds and to confess guilt of being blind (318) (history as pain And nightmares: beginnings of Xanadu (329: “a man”); of The man with his head on fire (380 Laura “Where’s mine?”); of The chestnut tree (395 a man outside the window, and Richard behind) To present “truth” (284, ): e.g. women’s positions 328

9 Writing and the Living Iris—2 nd novel : Writing: Construction of a Community of Female Writers To reach out and make connections: Iris’s “audience” first to the critics and curious readers (287) and then to Myra (“Water Nixie” “The baby—that’s you, Myra” 388, 504), Sabrina (288, ) A general “you” – The beginning of Xanadu “not much of a nightmare”(329), of Cubicle (417); of “Gloves” -- “still talking to you” (473)

10 Laura’s Writing in Iris’s books The first book -- The endings of “The Blind Assassin” – p. 468 The 2 nd book – Iris’s invoking dead women beginning of golden lock (497) Laura’s being the “wolf” – her power to break things (441 Betty’s Luncheonnette)

11 The Invisible Hands; Severed Relations Richard – p. 479 (Home Fires– a sort of large rodent) -- in W’s eyes – 511 ; W for Richard – the one who propped him up socially 331 Iris in Winifred’s eyes – 511; Iris in Aimee’s life – Takes her out of her comfortable life Fails to give comfort when possible

12 Writing and the Living To Sabrina –disconnected, with a father who origin is unknow  “You are free to reinvent yourself at will.” (513 Heap of rubble) To the living world – Iris’s appreciation of nature and life (e.g. 473 beginning of Gloves)

13 Those on the Margins Distanced but appreciated The award recipient -- “Everyone is everywhere nowadays” (40) The Portuguese 386 The darkish girl 482


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