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Tulsa, OK, United States
University of Tulsa
There is much in Hospital's writing and in Callahan's account that could be explored at length by feminists, although the feminist critic of Hospital needs to be especially alert to literary method and nuanced in her approach to Hospital's literary, and other, politics. An ecofeminist approach suggested by Callahan's rainforest metaphor would need to be sensible to Hospital's sustained critique of "real world" geopolitics. A feminist interested in the difficulty of meaning would need to approach with care the way that Hospital does often return to meaning itself: her writing may question meaning and institute multiple meanings and points of view, but it remains profoundly moral. Answers are found even when it is hard to see how they will be—but not always to the questions that were originally asked, which, I suspect, the feminist reader of Janette Turner Hospital's fiction should, like other readers, allow herself to remember. Callahan does remember this, which contributes greatly to the success of his extended and detailed interpretation.