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Ambiguous Discourse: Feminist Narratology and British Women Writers

Ambiguous Discourse: Feminist Narratology and British Women Writers (Paperback)

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Carefully melding theory with close readings of texts, the contributors to this study explore the role of gender in the struggle for narrative control of specific works by British writers Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, Anita Brookner, Angela Carter, Jeanette Winterson and Mina Loy. This collection of 12 essays is devoted to feminist narratology - the combination of feminist theory with the study of the structures that underpin all narratives. Until recently, narratology has resisted the advances of feminism in part, as some contributors argue, because theory has replicated past assumptions of male authority and point of view in narrative. Feminist narratology, however, contextualizes the cultural constructions of gender within its study of narrative strategies. Nine of these essays are original, and three have been revised for publication in this volume.

Kathy Mezei is chair and professor of English at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. She is a founding editor of Tessera, a feminist literary journal, and author of the Bibliography of Criticism on English and French Literary Translations in Canada.

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