Hester . Emma . Sonia
A Postmodern Feminist Discourse
Artist, designer, printer, publisher, Mindy Belloff
Ed. 30, 7.25 x 10; 294-pages, for release Autumn 2021.
This edition presents a feminist reading of three female characters: Hester Prynne, Emma Bovary, and Sonia Marmeladov, from 19th-century literature authored by men: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Gustave Flaubert, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. The subtext “Joni . Annie . Tracy,” highlights contemporary singer-songwriters Joni Mitchell, Annie Lennox, Tracy Chapman and other favored musical artists (including Janis Joplin, Etta James, Leon Russell, Paul Simon, Mary J. Blige, Annie Lennox and others), whose poetic lyrics provide commentary along with quotes of philosophers and poets, printed in the marginalia, deconstructing the original text. The three sections are combined into one volume, reframed to create a critical dialog in the 21st-century. Numerous reproductions of artworks: paintings, drawings, and photographs from earlier in the Artist’s 40-year oeuvre, along with recent drawings and calligrams, adorn the pages.
Section I. Hester – main text excerpted from The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1850; including English and Latin text from the Malleus Maleficarum (The Witches Hammer, 15th century);
Section II. Emma – text excerpted from Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert, 1856 with French translations; including text from Simone deBeauvoir, Virginia Wolff, Hélène Cixous and Catherine Clément and others; and
Section III. Sonia – text excerpted from Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1866, with Russian translations; and text of Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, Susan Sontag, and others.
In 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.” This is also referenced in Susan Sontag’s essay “AIDS and its Metaphors” (1990), and is addressed in this edition, along with other cultural relevant issues today.