Seduction and Betrayal

[Reading] ➵ Seduction and Betrayal ➼ Elizabeth Hardwick –
  • Paperback
  • Seduction and Betrayal
  • Elizabeth Hardwick
  • 10 September 2017
  • 9780571347001

About the Author: Elizabeth Hardwick

Elizabeth Hardwick was an American literary critic, novelist, and short story writer.Hardwick graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1939 She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1947 She was the author of three novels The Ghostly Lover 1945 , The Simple Truth 1955 , and Sleepless Nights 1979 A collection of her short fiction, The New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick, will be pub

Seduction and BetrayalHardwick S Sentences Are Burned In My Brain Susan SontagSidelined Shortchanged Killed Off Elizabeth Hardwick Considers Women In Literature.She Imagines The Lives Of The Brontes, Woolf, Eliot And Plath The Fate Of Literary Wives Such As Dorothy Wordsworth, Zelda Fitzgerald And Jane Carlyle And The Stories Of Fictional Heroines From Richardson S Clarissa To Ibsen S Nora Hardwick Mines Their Childhoods, Marriages, And Personalities To Probe The Costs Of Sex, Love, And Marriage She Asks Who Is The Seducer And Who The Seduced Who The Victim And Who The Victor These Magnetic Essays Are Nothing Less Than A Reckoning, Dissecting Relations Between The Sexes, Women And Writing, Work And Life.Hardwick S Provocative Essays Were First Published In 1974 And Won Admiration From Writers Including Joan Didion, Susan Sontag, And Joyce Carol Oates Both Timely And Timeless, Seduction And Betrayal Is Here Given New Life Through Deborah Levy S Introduction.

10 thoughts on “Seduction and Betrayal

  1. says:

    I wanted to like this book a lot , given how much I adore Sleepless Nights Some parts I did like 1 the Bloomsbury essay, which trained my eye to be attuned to the way Woolf s class prejudices manifest in her writing Hardwick s juxtaposition of Woolf s handling of the Miss Kilman character in Mrs Dalloway and Forster s handling of Leonard Bast in Howards End makes a convincing argument , and 2 the Aha moment in the title essay where Hardwick analyzes how readers react differently to the Clyde and Roberta characters in Dreiser s An American Tragedy Roberta, unlike Clyde, buys into the idea that marriage with Clyde could paper over the wounds inflicted by capitalism and income inequality, and it is this simplicity that makes Roberta unforgivable to the reader, Hardwick argues I wish there were Aha moments like that in this book I was disappointed in particular at the sparsity of new insights in the essay about the Brontes, but maybe this has to do with me being a huge Bronte aficionada who s read everything that s been thought and said about the Brontes already.It s interesting to see the range of responses other Goodreads reviewers have had to this book e.g., how a couple criticize Hardwick for what they perceive as her lack of empathy for the mentally ill in the essays about Woolf, Plath, and Zelda Fitzgerald Having recen...

  2. says:

    As is the case for many a writer, what makes for good writing doesn t make for good human being Hardwick has the sort of odious confidence whose origins always lie in hierarchical classification of the arbitrary, whether it be sanity, gender dichotomy, or class Take away all that, and all that d be left would be various petty, if artfully syntaxed, rantings about peep show suicide, the righteous introvert, the inevitable pathos of rape, and men needing to do what men need to do The fact that I still find this extraordinarily comfortable to read simply attests to how often I ve been trained to associate the various name drops and theories with manna from the heaven, not instinctive preference I keep my head often than not these days, so I ll be taking this self absorbed meditation on the Bront s, Ibsen, Zelda Fitzgerald, Plath, Woolf, and Dorothy Wordsworth as simply that informative, but solely as a map with myriads of spaces that need be filled with something humanely filling than Here there be Monsters The book started on decent note and went downhill from there, belying the admittedly well structured quality of prose that maintained itself throughout While I ll admit to falling often into the trap of uncritical engagement when it comes to any of the Bront sisters, Hardwick herself couldn t do much to compromise her still grudgingly admiring picture of the trio other than go poor Branwell every fiv...

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    The problem of creating sympathy for the woman whose destiny must run the narrow road Hardwick looks at perspectives and writing by and about women, always looking for how their pathway, both as people and as characters is hemmed and defined by gender After the Bront s, this is less about how women write about their own experience, than how men write about women and how the women related by birth or marriage to writers suffer from the relationship I am grateful she does not follow the example of so much analysis of this family by pouring over poor Brandon It was the sisters who created art and Hardwick dispenses with the male family members without sentimentality.I read Zelda a year or two after reading The Great Gatsby and never forgave F Scott Hardwick works hard to present facts without passing judgement, but it is impossible to miss that she comes down solidly on Zelda s side The wives of writers often suffer Women are often closed down and shut up and then blamed for their very...

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    Hardwick writes with great eloquence and clarity and a feminist spirit Those essays are nearly faultless and filled with awesome quotables that kept my highlighter engaged.I wish I d discovered Hardwick s literary criticism while close reading Ibsen at uni I really, really hated Ibsen then Perhaps with Hardwick s sympathetic analysis at hand I would ve had an easier time seeing through my distaste for the standards of the e...

  5. says:

    I was very disappointed with this book A previous reviewer quoted the introduction, and I decided to quote her review In the introduction, Joan Didion says Elizabeth Hardwick is the only writer I have ever read whose perception of what it means to be a woman and a writer seems in every way authentic, revelatory, entirely original and yet acutely recognizable That s nice I wasn t sure if this reviewers That s nice comment was meant to be factitious or cutting, but I second her comment but infuse my tone with disdain, sarcasm, and patronization Further, despite Joan Didion s comments, Hardwick clearly doesn t understand what it means to be a writer or a woman in many instances, as is patently clear from her book.There is nothing new in any of these articles, even considering the fact that the book was originally published in 1974 This short book is incredibly devoid of substance It s like a Wikipedia article that needs to be culled due to bias in the author Elizabeth Hardwick shows an astounding lack of nuance and insight in these extremely shallow essays For example, in the article about Ibsen she says something like He has the hardheartedness of all people who are unable to reconcile themselves to their family To me, this in an incredibly wei...

  6. says:

    this book was like Hum10 but in a bad way

  7. says:

    Essays about lady writers and ladies who knew writers I can t remember a fucking thing about this book, usually not a great sign, but then again I ve been reading a lot of literary criticism the last few weeks so it might be that they re running together.

  8. says:

    I seldom read essays as fiction is my thing, however, I loved Seduction and Betrayal This could be due to Hardwick s perspective on the Brontes, Woolf, and Plath, and the new information I picked up on writers I ve been studying for years She also takes a deep dive int...

  9. says:

    One reviewer described Hardwick as a portraitist in miniature and this seems very apt In this collection of critical essays critical only in the sense that they engage in some close reading of texts I wouldn t consider them academic , she turns an erudite and gently puzzling tone to the work and life of the Bronte sisters and their characters Sylvia Plath s incantatory heroine status in 20th century poetry Virginia Woolf Bloomsbury the female characters of Ibsen and the complex creative relationships between the Fitzgeralds, the Carlyles, and the Wordsworth siblings In the title essay, she explores illicit sex as a character defining act for certain literary characters of a certain era Throughout, Hardwick explores the intersections between what it means to be a woman, what it means to be a woman writing, what this means for female characters, and what it means to be a muse I didn t necessarily agree with all of her evaluations, but lea...

  10. says:

    A collection of essays about women in literature, whether they are writing the novels Plath, Woolf, the Brontes, Zelda Fitzgerald , women characters of male writers Ibsen s plays , or they were women in the shadow of great writers Jane Carlyle, Dorothy Wordsworth, also Zelda Hardwick is able to capture almost mini biographies of these people and characters, and their relation to history and men and readers Whenever I find myself reading classics, I often have a thought in the back of my mind about how women were written in that point in time and Hardwick wrote these essays in the 70s, and even so much has changed since then There are moments that I didn t agree with, but perhaps that s because I m a woman reading this in 2018.I was most taken by the essays on the Brontes, Zelda Fitzgerald, and surprising...

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