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The Girl: Constructions of the Girl in Contemporary Fiction by Women

The Girl: Constructions of the Girl in Contemporary Fiction by Women (Paperback)

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No longer banished to the realms of the Victorian "marriage or death" plots, girls in contemporary fiction embrace new freedoms while still struggling with plots centred on their bodies, societal limitations, and the price for freedom and escape. This study investigates the legacies of expectation, competing cultural ideologies, and multiplicities of growing up female at the end of the 20th century as portrayed in contemporary fiction by women such as Toni Morrison, Jeanette Winterson, Jamaica Kincaid, and Joyce Carol Oates. The essayists show how new fictions provide access to a constellation of themes and narrative patterns including race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, female subjectivity, and nationalism in new ways, while also continuing to envision girlhood in relation to such themes as love, separation from the mother, and maternal loss or overprotection.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writersEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: from c 1900 -Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary theoryGLBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesGender studies: womenPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Publication Date: 16/03/2000 ISBN-13: 9780333913840  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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RUTH O. SAXTON is Professor of English and Dean of Letters at Mills College where she co-founded the Women's Studies Program. She is the co-editor of Woolf and Lessing: Breaking the Mold and has published essays on mothers and daughters, Doris Lessing, Anne Tyler, and Virginia Woolf.

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