Carole Maso. Ava Klein, thirty-nine, lover of life, world traveler, professor of comparative literature, is dying. From her hospital bed on this, her. All articles below are freely available for dowload as PDF documents. Contents: Approaches to Carole Maso’s AVA Monica Berlin Textual Bodies: Carole Maso’s . Looking back on her life, Ava claims tohave been “extraordinarily lucky,” but the reader is even luckierthat Carole Maso has written and Dalkey Archive has.
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Experimental Reading (and Reviewing): ‘Ava’ by Carole Maso
Learn to love the questions themselves. The spaces between the thoughts. Every time I am asked who my female mentors are, like the Twitterverse was yesterday by ShelbyKnox I always jump to women authors.
Maybe this is because I expect my mentors to influence me, change me, become a cxrole of me, and these women and their writings have done just that. For whatever reason, the first role model I always think of is Carole Maso. Her book, AVAchanged my life when I read it. It engulfed me, heart and soul, and changed the way I thought about being a woman.
AVA by Carole Maso | Dalkey Archive Press
If you are a woman, feminist or not, or you want a window into the feminine mind, this book is a must-read. It is a true feminine text. Just as women try to wrestle with many things at one timeso does this novel. As soon as we open to the first page, we are completely taken into the mind of Ava Klein, a woman on her death bed.
These images are always followed by white space in the text, which gives the reader some room to put the pieces of the text together by figuring out which images are in reference to others.
It also presents the reader with space to interact with the images themselves. It is imperative to interact with these images, but it is difficult to do so when the character is present in every image that emerges. Ava pervades the poem. When reading the words on the page, there is not a moment in which Ava is not present. In order to personalize and make this an interactive text, one must participate in the blank space — in between the lines — and participate in the reading by making connections within the poem as well as with personal experiences that may relate to or be triggered by the text.
This act of participatory reading gives readers the ability to delve deeper into the text as well as create a personal connection to the characters and images.
In short, by the end of the text, if mazo have read it correctly, we are all intertwined with Ava Klein until we cannot tell which memories are hers and which are our own. It is this interaction with the text that will give the poem power.
Ava by Carole Maso
And it catole a powerful text. If you begin reading, be warned: And you will not be able to read it the same way twice. Ava is borderless and free to associate and mingle with other voices.
mxso The voices that Maso gives Ava include voices from other authors, philosophers, poets, and people in her life, but Maso also opens the forum to include the voice of the reader. She does not want Ava to be bounded and singular. If she wanted that for her character, she would have written a linear narrative with one clear story. Instead, Maso wants her character to live and breathe within the poem.
She has given Ava, and the text, room to grow and change and combine with other things — internally and externally. In this way, Maso is asking us to read ourselves into Ava, to identify with her in ways that we did not think possible before encountering the text. Dalkey Archive Press, Liked this feminist book review? Completely disagree with it?
Have something to add to it? Have a book to recommend? Leave a comment or e-mail me at smallstroke at gmail dot com. That sounds like a lovely book.
You wrote of her very well. Aug 06, Ashley. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.