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*Reading the Family Dance: Family Systems Therapy
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1613  Wednesday, 13 August 2003

From:           John V. Knapp <
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Date:           Wednesday, 13 Aug 2003 13:37:08 -0500 (CDT)
Subject:        FYI: "Table of Contents" for *Reading the Family Dance: Family
Systems Therapy and Literary Study*

Hello folks --

If I could be indulged for a moment, I would shamelessly like to plug my
and Ken Womack's latest book, *Reading the Family Dance: Family Systems
Therapy and Literary Studies* (U. of Delaware Press, June 2003) -- see
*Table of Contents* below.

Our goal was to offer an socially-focused alternative in psychological
literary criticism to the various INTRA-psychic models currently
dominating critical thinking these days.  We deliberately sought out a
variety of literary texts for analysis, ranging from Shakespeare (essays
on *Hamlet* and *Taming of the Shrew*) to the 18th C. novelist, Samuel
Richardson, to the nineteenth C. writer, Charlotte Bronte, to several
modern British and American authors and even a Brazilian feminist
novelist.

In all, we offer 13 original essays (plus my Introduction) for the
reader interested in some newer ways of thinking about the relationships
among literature and psychology. Concerning Shakespeare, we argue that
by drawing on historians of the Renaissance other than the typically
psychoanalytic-oriented Lawrence Stone, Phillipe Aries, and Lloyd
DeMause, we could help readers and theatre audiences get a rather
different view of Shakespearean familial interactions, avoiding the sins
both of presentism and of intra-psychic reductionism.

Cheers,
John V. Knapp

*Reading the Family Dance: Family Systems Therapy and Literary Study.*
        Edited by John V. Knapp and Kenneth Womack
                University of Delaware Press, 2003.

                Table of Contents

Family Systems Therapy and Literary Study: An Introduction
John V. Knapp

-- I. The Self: Family Systems Therapy and the Quest for Identity

Lucy Honeychurch's Rage for Selfhood: Family Systems Therapy, Ethics,
and E. M. Forster's A Room with a View
Kenneth Womack

The Enigmatic Jane Eyre: A Differentiation Story without Family in
Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre
Rosemary D. Babcock

`Even Now China Wraps Double Binds around My Feet': Family Communication
in The Woman Warrior and Dim Sum
Gary Storhoff

Exploring the Matrix of Identity in Barbara Kingsolver's Animal Dreams
Lee Ann De Reus

-- II. The Family: Family Systems Therapy and the Discourse of Community

Family Dynamics and Property Acquisitions in Clarissa
Joan I. Schwarz

Circular Ties: A Family Systems Reading of A. S. Byatt's The Game
Steven Snyder

The Family Dynamics of Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye
Jerome Bump

Forging a Family Discourse in Marilene Felinto's The Women of
Tijucopapo: Or, Unraveling the Intricacies of Miscommunication
Sara E. Cooper

Family Games and Imbroglio in *Hamlet*
John V. Knapp

-- III. The World: Reading Family Systems Therapy in extremis

Crusading for the Family: Kurt Vonnegut's Ethics of Familial Community
Todd F. Davis

Hollywood Exiles: Nathanael West's The Day of the Locust and Family
Systems Therapy
James M. Decker

Are Happy Families All Alike?: The Strange Case of Dr. Petruchio and Ms.
Katherine
Marco Malaspina

The Comforts of Home: Transgenerational Subsystems in Flannery
O'Connor's Short Fiction
Denis Jonnes

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