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Ruth Bernard Yeazell

19 November 1992
Sororophobia: Differences Among Women in Literature and Culture 
by Helena Michie.
Oxford, 216 pp., £25, August 1992, 0 19 507387 8
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Over Her Dead Body: Death, Femininity and the Aesthetic 
by Elisabeth Bronfen.
Manchester, 460 pp., £45, October 1992, 0 7190 3827 8
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... of her magisterial work – ‘He is the Subject, he is the Absolute ... she is the Other’ – has become part of the common wisdom in a variety of disciplines. Helena Michie’s Sororophobia and ElisabethBronfen’s Over Her Dead Body complicate that insight in different ways, but these books are scarcely imaginable without The Second Sex and its far-ranging analysis of the myths of gender. As Michie ...

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Andrew O’Hagan: Myths of Marilyn

8 July 2004
... things postmodern, such books, while estimable in themselves, can leave the reader with a sort of humanist jetlag. ‘Suicide implies an authorship with one’s own life,’ the cultural theorist ElisabethBronfen wrote. ‘In theory this may be true,’ Churchwell replies, ‘but in practice Marilyn Monroe’s suicide hardly released her from the determination of others; it fixed her for ever within ...

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