Words of Love
Words of Love
This chapter turns to the overlapping vocabularies of biological and literary reproduction, and to the ambiguous meanings of “the right to privacy.” For female authors of their generation, privacy concerns spoke to relations between freedom of expression (publication), on the one hand, and freedom to control one's procreation, on the other. The chapter examines strategic points where ambiguities arise in Hellman's and McCarthy's divergent attitudes. Further, it focuses on the language of sex and reproduction, birth control and abortion, as it was published, censored, and otherwise constrained for women who came of age between first- and second-wave feminism. The chapter also focuses on McCarthy's extreme ambivalence about personal autonomy and independence, and shows how her severe critique of aspects of privacy, such as privacy's protection of wrongdoing, is interwoven with her hatred of Hellman.
Yale Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.