Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Dinesen, Isak
Birth Name: Karen Christentze Dinesen
Married Name: Karen Christentze Blixen-Finecke
Titled: Karen Christentze, Baroness von Blixen-Finecke
Pseudonym: Pierre Andrézel
Pseudonym: Isak Dinesen
Indexed Name: Blixen, Karen
Pseudonym: Tania B.
, cosmopolitan fiction-writer of the mid twentieth century writing in Danish and English, produced short stories in periodicals and collections, a couple of novels, and two highly unusual books about Africa in which the element of travel-writing or reporting is outweighed by the construction of an imaginative utopia depicting a richer life than that of the modern and everyday. Her letters, published after her death, are also unusual and fascinating examples of their genre. She is an important figure, known for her use of symbolism, myth, fable, romance, and fairy-tale, and for her exotic settings and esoteric subject-matter. But her central concern was the situation of women.
Stambaugh, Sara. The Witch and the Goddess in the Stories of Isak Dinesen. UMI Research Press, 1988.
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Jullian, Philippe, John Nova Phillips, Violet Trefusis, and Vita Sackville-West. Violet Trefusis: Life and Letters. Hamish Hamilton, 1976.
Leisure and Society
In a letter to the Times in 1962, CO
described a bookcase in her writing-room which held the works she described as All the Winners. For a writer of fairly conservative views and strong...
's reputation remains highly controversial. Kenyan novelist, playwright and critic Ngugi wa Thiong'o
(then writing under the name of James Ngugi
) attacked her in Homecoming: Essays on African and Caribbean Literature, Culture and...
Denys Finch Hatton
read aloud to Karen Blixen
the lines from Wild Geese about flying over the crumpled hills when he was saying goodbye to her before the flight on which, as it turned out...
Like the novel itself, the movie aroused indignation from those who felt that the language, the appearance, and the sexual activities of its characters, somehow demeaned black people as a whole. A group calling itself...
's extravagant fiction combines many genres, conventions, and styles, and she looks for the hidden realities behind appearances, paying particular attention to sexuality and women's eroticism. Critic Linden Peach
sees important elements in her...
Her mother had told her she could do better than Isak Dinesen
when Out of Africa first appeared in 1937. EH
's first draft was a novel called The Vertical Rays of the Sun...
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
issued a volume drawing on her previous collections: Out of India: Selected Stories, apparently alluding to another book by a settler in another continent: Isak Dinesen
's Out of Africa.
Sucher, Laurie. The Fiction of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala: The Politics of Passion. Macmillan, 1989.
Theme or Topic Treated in Text
Dark times is a phrase from Brecht
. It is almost synonymous here with the twentieth century, though HA
has a piece on Lessing
, who lived two centuries earlier. She uses men to signify...