When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Revision

a time of awakening consciousness

Revision is an act of survival. Until we can understand the assumptions in which we are entrenched we cannot know ourselves. And this drive to self knowledge, for woman, is more than a search for identity; it is part of her refusal of the self-destructiveness of male-dominated society.

A radical critique of literature, feminist in its impulse, would take the work first of all as a clue to how we live, how we have been living, how we have been led to imagine ourselves, how our language has trapped as well as liberated us; and how we can begin to see – and therefore live – afresh.

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