About the author: Adrianne Kalfopoulou was awarded her PhD from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and her MA from New York University. Sections of this work have appeared in Gramma, American Studies in Scandinavia, and the American Studies in Greek anthologies, Nationalism and Sexuality and Women, Creators of Culture. She is currently Assistant Professor of American literature at the University of LaVerne’s Athens campus.2000 0-7734-7744-6
By deconstructing the gendered terms of cultural representations of the American self, this project traces the many-faceted discursive possibilities of female desire in relation to community. Beginning with Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne, a paradigm of gendered dissent, signifies the trajectory of Otherness, of a silenced singularity this work maps through to Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeeping and Toni Morrison’s Beloved. In texts as diverse as Anzia Yezierska’s Bread Givers, Gayl Jones’ Corregidora, Gertrude Stein’s “Melanctha”, Thalia Selz’s “The Education of a Queen” or Hisaye Yamamoto’s “Seventeen Syllables”, Derrida’s definition of differance is used to dismantle ideological and gendered issues of identity. The interdisciplinary contribution of this work explores contemporary debates in language, ethnicity, race and feminist theory as they apply to the ever-varying voice of female desire historically silenced in the tidied rooms of America’s cultural house.