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The inflection of desire in Yvonne Vera and Tsitsi Dangarembga
Elleke Boehmer

BOEHMER Makeup 3/22/05 2:55 PM Page 172 John's G5:Users:john:Public:John's Mac: John's Job 10 Tropes of yearning and dissent: the inflection of desire in Yvonne Vera and Tsitsi Dangarembga1 To build something new, you must be prepared to destroy the past. (Yvonne Vera, Butterfly Burning)2 This chapter seeks to bring into juxtaposition two Zimbabwean women writers and a question of same-sex sexuality: its configurations of desire, its vocabularies of aspiration. It thus extends this book’s overall concern with women’s representation into the area of women

in Stories of women
Rachel E. Hile

Venus and Astery, because the matter must rest in the realm of speculation, though a few critics have noted in passing the possibility of a correspondence between the Venus of Muiopotmos and Queen Elizabeth (see, e.g., Lemmi, “Allegorical meaning,” 740–41; Harris, “Butterfly,” 305; Herron, “Plucking,” 100). Rather, I wish to read these two poems side by side not only to prove that at least one contemporary reader, Tailboys Dymoke, 12 For discussion of contemporary critiques of Elizabeth that hinged on supposed inchastity, see Levin, Heart and Stomach, 66–90. MUP

in Spenserian satire
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Postcolonial women writers in a transnational frame
Elleke Boehmer

eponymous voice of the spirit-medium of the 1890s land wars or chimurenga, and Under the Tongue (1996) is the deeply internalised narrative of a victim of incest. Butterfly Burning (1998), also strongly spatialised, was discussed in chapter 10. Thereafter, shifting away from the topic of Arundhati Roy’s reception in the west, which was the focus of chapter 9, I will offer an intertextual commentary on her first and to date only novel The God of Small Things and of her non-fictional polemic against transnationalism. Large nations, small gods Many recent commentaries have noted

in Stories of women
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Language, lies and the crisis of representation in Such a Long Journey
Peter Morey

. Like Sohrab’s childhood butterfly collection whose contents nevertheless continue to decay, change and development cannot be artificially arrested. One of the most memorable personifications of this attempt to hold on to what must be allowed to pass is the eccentric spinster Miss Kutpitia. A Parsi Miss Havisham, she preserves in a locked room the belongings of her beloved nephew, Farad, killed in a car accident thirty-five years previously, and carries on conversations with the shadows in her dusty flat. Yet, in a lesson Gustad would do well to learn, an accidental

in Rohinton Mistry
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White male vulnerability as heterosexual fantasy
Susanna Paasonen

so that I  think of nothing but him. His magic is powerful, intoxicating. I’m a butterfly caught in his net, unable and unwilling to escape. I’m his … totally his’ (James, 2012b: 79). As Ruth Deller and Clarissa Smith (2013:  937) point out, the fact that the Fifty Shades series is, with the exception of Grey, ‘Written by a woman, from a woman’s point of view and for a female audience’, the books have been ‘discursively fabricated as potentially revelatory so that to read them was to engage in public debate about female sexuality’. As a media phenomenon, the series

in The power of vulnerability
Negotiating vanity
Faye Tudor

naturall heat and keeping out accidentall cold? How comes it then that you wear these thinne Cobweb attires which can neither preserve heat nor repell cold. Of what incurable cold would these Butterfly-habits possess, the wearer were pride sensible of her selfe? […] No necessity, but mere vanity.15 Anguissola’s self-portrait shows her dressed appropriately by Brathwaite’s standards as she is covered against the elements to the neck and wrist in plain, practical clothing. Mary D. Garrard suggests, however, that this is not purely for the purposes of necessity, for

in The senses in early modern England, 1558–1660
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Henry David Thoreau
David Herd

, labor, lapsus, to flow or slip downward, a lapsing; λοβος, globus, lobe, globe; also lap, flap, and many other words,) externally a dry thin leaf, even as the f and v are a pressed and dried b. The radicals of lobe are lb, the soft mass of the b (single lobed, or B, double lobed,) with the liquid l behind it pressing it forward. In globe, gib, the guttural g adds to the meaning the capacity of the throat. The feathers and wings of birds are still drier and thinner leaves. Thus, also, you pass from the lumpish grub in the earth to the airy and fluttering butterfly. The

in Enthusiast!
Dana Phillips

transgenic plant and animal species run riot: the pigoons will go on competing with other predacious species like wolvogs, bobkittens and humans; the understory will serve as home to feral rakunks and glow-in-the-dark rabbits; lurid flowers, knockoffs of tropical species, will perpetually bloom; and day-glo Collapse, resilience, stability and sustainability 157 butterflies will help to pollinate them. So while the few remaining human beings, most of them former God’s Gardeners (members of the ecological cult whose history is described at length in The Year of the

in Literature and sustainability
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Reading Close Combat
Barry Atkins

tossed away at the top of the mountain might appear insignificant at that moment, but the inhabitants of the village below might have good reason to fear the avalanche. This calls to mind the Ray Bradbury story ‘A Sound of Thunder’ (most often read as concerned, supposedly, with temporal paradox rather than with the mutability of the historical text) where the careless destruction of a single butterfly by a group of time-trippers off exploring in the past plunges their ‘present’ into fascist tyranny.14 Close Combat does not allow its own snowballs to grow so big, but

in More than a game
Translatina world-making in The Salt Mines and Wildness
Laura Horak

have founded and led many grassroots trans organisations, campaigns, and actions, such as the TransLatin@ Coalition in Los Angeles, El/​La Para TransLatinas and the TGI Justice Project in San Francisco, the Translatina Network and FIERCE in New York, Butterflies Trans Foundation in Puerto Rico, and the national Trans Women of Color Collective. The concept of vulnerability has become central to trans activism, in terms of both the political work of trans survival in the face of structurally enforced vulnerability and political organising that centres the experiences

in The power of vulnerability