Hester. Emma. Sonia: Joni . Annie . Tracy
A Postmodern Feminist Discourse
Artist, designer, printer, publisher, Mindy Belloff
Ed. 30, 7.25 x 10; approx 280 pages, for release Autumn 2021.
This layered narrative highlights three female characters from classic novels of the 1850s written by men, with a subtitle of songwriters Joni (Mitchell), Annie (Lennox), and Tracy (Chapman) whose lyrics provide commentary in the marginalia, along with writings by philosophers and others deconstructing the narratives:
The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850 with English and Latin text from the Malleus Maleficarum (The Witches Hammer, 15th century);
Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert, 1856 with French translations and text from Simone deBeauvoir, Virginia Wolff, Hélène Cixous and Catherine Clément;
Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1866 with Russian translations and text from Simone deBeauvoir, Susan Sontag, and others.
Reproductions of paintings, drawings, and photographs from the artist’s 40-year oeuvre adorn many pages throughout the three sections.
In Susan Sontag’s essay “AIDS and its Metaphors,” (1990), there is a reference to the last chapter of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment: Raskolnikov “dreamt that the whole world was condemned to a terrible new strange plague that had come to Europe from the depths of Asia.” While still difficult to process, the reference of cholera feels relevant to the current global pandemic.