American Women Writing Fiction

American Women Writing Fiction
Author: Mickey Pearlman
Publsiher: University Press of Kentucky
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2021-03-17
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0813181615

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American literature is no longer the refuge of the solitary hero. Like the society it mirrors, it is now a far richer, many-faceted explication of a complicated and diverse society—racially, culturally, and ethnically interwoven and at the same time fractured and fractious. Ten women writing fiction in America today—Toni Cade Bambara, Joan Didion, Louise Erdrich, Gail Godwin, Mary Gordon, Alison Lurie, Joyce Carol Oates, Jayne Anne Phillips, Susan Fromberg Schaeffer, and Mary Lee Settle—represent that geographic, ethnic, and racial diversity that is distinctively American. Their differing perspectives on literature and the American experience have produced Erdrich's stolid North Dakota plainswomen; Didion's sun-baked dreamers and screamers; the urban ethnics—Irish, Jewish, and black—of Gordon, Schaeffer, and Bambara; Oates's small-town, often violent, neurotics; Lurie's intellectual sophisticates; and the southern survivors and victims, male and female, of Phillips, Settle, and Godwin. The ten original essays in this collection focus on the traditional themes of identity, memory, family, and enclosure that pervade the fiction of these writers. The fictional women who emerge here, as these critics show, are often caught in the interwoven strands of memory, perceive literal and emotional space as entrapping, find identity elusive and frustrating, and experience the interweaving of silence, solitude, and family in complex patterns. Each essay in this collection is followed by bibliographies of works by and about the writer in question that will be invaluable resources for scholars and general readers alike. Here is a readable critical discussion of ten important contemporary novelists who have broadened the pages of American literature to reflect more clearly the people we are.

British Women Writing Fiction

British Women Writing Fiction
Author: Abby H.P. Werlock
Publsiher: University of Alabama Press
Total Pages: 347
Release: 2000-02-09
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0817309810

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Original essays by American and British scholars offer a reader-friendly introduction to the work of Angela Carter, Doris Lessing, and a dozen other British women writers. British women in the second half of the 20th century have produced a body of work that is as diverse as it is entertaining. This book offers an informal, jargon-free introduction to the fiction of sixteen contemporary writers either brought up or now living in England, from Muriel Spark to Jeanette Winterson. British Women Writing Fiction presents a balanced view comprising women writing since the 1950s and 1960s, those who attracted critical attention during the 1970s and 1980s, and those who have burst upon the literary scene more recently, including African-Caribbean and African women. The essays show how all of these writers treat British subjects and themes, sometimes from radically different perspectives, and how those who are daughters of immigrants see themselves as women writing on the margins of society. Abby Werlock's introduction explores the historical and aesthetic factors that have contributed to the genre, showing how even those writers who began in a traditional vein have created experimental work. The contributors provide complete bibliographies of each writer's works and selected bibliographies of criticism. Exceptional both in its breadth of subjects covered and critical approaches taken, this book provides essential background that will enable readers to appreciate the singular merits of each writer. It offers an approach toward better understanding favorite authors and provides a way to become acquainted with new ones.

Liminality Hybridity and American Women s Literature

Liminality  Hybridity  and American Women s Literature
Author: Kristin J. Jacobson
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2018-05-04
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 3319738518

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This book highlights the multiplicity of American women’s writing related to liminality and hybridity from its beginnings to the contemporary moment. Often informed by notions of crossing, intersectionality, transition, and transformation, these concepts as they appear in American women’s writing contest as well as perpetuate exclusionary practices involving class, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, and sex, among other variables. The collection’s introduction, three unit introductions, fourteen individual essays, and afterward facilitate a process of encounters, engagements, and conversations within, between, among, and across the rich polyphony that constitutes the creative acts of American women writers. The contributors offer fresh perspectives on canonical writers as well as introduce readers to new authors. As a whole, the collection demonstrates American women’s writing is “threshold writing,” or writing that occupies a liminal, hybrid space that both delimits borders and offers enticing openings.

Modern American Women Writers

Modern American Women Writers
Author: Elaine Showalter
Publsiher: New York : Collier Books ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada
Total Pages: 440
Release: 1993-09-27
Genre: Fiction

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Featuring original contributions by scholars in the field of women's studies, this invaluable reference illuminates the lives and works of Maya Angelou, Kate Chopin, Joan Didion, Anne Tyler, Susan Sontag, Gertrude Stein, Zora Neale Hurston, Flannery O'Connor, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and others.

Women Writing Crime Fiction 1860 1880

Women Writing Crime Fiction  1860  1880
Author: Kate Watson
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 260
Release: 2012-05-07
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 0786491175

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Arthur Conan Doyle has long been considered the greatest writer of crime fiction, and the gender bias of the genre has foregrounded William Godwin, Edgar Allan Poe, Wilkie Collins, Émile Gaboriau and Fergus Hume. But earlier and significant contributions were being made by women in Britain, the United States and Australia between 1860 and 1880, a period that was central to the development of the genre. This work focuses on women writers of this genre and these years, including Catherine Crowe, Caroline Clive, Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Mrs. Henry (Ellen) Wood, Harriet Prescott Spofford, Louisa May Alcott, Metta Victoria Fuller Victor, Anna Katharine Green, Céleste de Chabrillan, “Oliné Keese” (Caroline Woolmer Leakey), Eliza Winstanley, Ellen Davitt, and Mary Helena Fortune—innovators who set a high standard for women writers to follow.

Contemporary American Women Fiction Writers

Contemporary American Women Fiction Writers
Author: Laurie Champion
Publsiher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Total Pages: 428
Release: 2002
Genre: American fiction
ISBN: 9780313316272

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Presents alphabetized profiles of more than sixty twentieth- and twenty-first-century American women fiction writers, such as Sandra Cisneros, Toni Morrison, and Joyce Carol Oates, describing their lives, major works and themes, and critical receptions and providing primary and secondary.

Reading Life Writing Fiction

Reading Life  Writing Fiction
Author: Richard Martin
Publsiher: Frankfurt am Main ; New York : P. Lang
Total Pages: 360
Release: 1994
Genre: American fiction

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Studies of the American novel of the 20s and 30s have tended to concentrate either on works by men (Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Steinbeck), or on those written in the tradition of experimental modernism (Stein, Faulkner, Djuna Barnes). Based on the conviction that women writers of the period fictionalized their own private and public experiences and concerns, the present study offers an analytical introduction to some hundred novels by more than thirty writers. Its aim is to recover a significant corpus of forgotten or ignored texts, which will make a reconsideration of the centers of interest of American modernism unavoidable.

Challenging Realities Magic Realism in Contemporary American Women s Fiction

Challenging Realities  Magic Realism in Contemporary American Women s Fiction
Author: M. Ruth Noriega Sánchez
Publsiher: Universitat de València
Total Pages: 207
Release: 2011-11-28
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 8437085365

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Les arrels del realisme màgic en els escrits de Borges i altres autors d'Amèrica Llatina han estat àmpliament reconeguts i ben documentades produint una sèrie d'estudis crítics, molts dels quals figuren en la bibliografia d'aquest treball. Dins d'aquest marc, aquest llibre presenta als lectors una varietat d'escriptores de grups ètnics, conegudes i menys conegudes, i les col·loca en un context literari en el que es tracten tant a nivell individual com a escriptores així com a nivell col·lectiu com a part d'un moviment artístic més ampli. Aquest llibre és el resultat del treball realitzat a les universitats de Sheffield i la de València i representa una valuosa investigació i una important contribució als estudis literaris.

Irishness in North American Women s Writing

Irishness in North American Women s Writing
Author: Ellen McWilliams
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 186
Release: 2021-01-25
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1137537884

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This book examines ideas of Irishness in the writing of Mary McCarthy, Maeve Brennan, Alice McDermott, Alice Munro, Jane Urquhart, and Emma Donoghue. Individual chapters engage in detail with questions central to the social or literary history of Irish women in North America and pay special attention to the following: discourses of Irish femininity in twentieth-century American and Canadian literature; mythologies of Irishness in an American and Canadian context; transatlantic literary exchanges and the influence of canonical Irish writers; and ideas of exile in the work of diasporic women writers.


Author: Susan Willis
Publsiher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
Total Pages: 202
Release: 1987
Genre: African American women
ISBN: 9780299108946

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Focusing on Zola Neale Hurston, Paule Marshall, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Toni Cade Bambara, this book explores both the ways in which black women's fictions have been shaped by the history of the United states, and the ways in which they intervene in that history. She sees the transition from an agrarian to an urban society as the critical moment of that history, and argues that writings by black women articulate that change in their content as well as form. ISBN 0-299-10890-2 : $19.95.

The Cambridge Companion to Nineteenth Century American Women s Writing

The Cambridge Companion to Nineteenth Century American Women s Writing
Author: Dale M. Bauer
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 372
Release: 2001-11-15
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780521669757

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Providing an overview of the history of writing by women in the period, this 2001 Companion establishes the context in which this writing emerged, and traces the origin of the terms which have traditionally defined the debate. It includes essays on topics of recent concern, such as women and war, erotic violence, the liberating and disciplinary effects of religion, and examines the work of a variety of women writers, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, Rebecca Harding Davis and Louisa May Alcott. The volume plots new directions for the study of American literary history, and provides several valuable tools for students, including a chronology of works and suggestions for further reading.

Women Writing Women

Women Writing Women
Author: Teresa Cajiao Salas
Publsiher: SUNY Press
Total Pages: 482
Release: 1997-01-01
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780791432051

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"Translations of eight plays by acclaimed women playwrights: Isidora Aguirre (Chile), Sabina Berman (Mexico), Myrna Casas (Puerto Rico), Teresa Marichal (Puerto Rico), Diana Raznovich (Argentina), Mariela Romero (Venezuela), Beatriz Seibel (Argentina), and Maruxa Vilalta (Mexico). Introductory essay and bio-bibliographical notes on each author offer ample contextualization supplemented by a useful bibliography of primary and secondary sources. Lively translations by editors and Kirsten Nigro produce stageworthy scripts. Outstanding collection highly recommended for classroom and dramatic use"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

Canadian Women Writing Fiction

Canadian Women Writing Fiction
Author: Mickey Pearlman
Publsiher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi
Total Pages: 192
Release: 1993
Genre: Canadian fiction

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A search for the sense of identity in the works of fourteen Canadian women writers

Style Gender and Fantasy in Nineteenth Century American Women s Writing

Style  Gender  and Fantasy in Nineteenth Century American Women s Writing
Author: Dorri Beam
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages:
Release: 2010-06-03
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1139489232

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In this 2010 book, Dorri Beam presents an important contribution to nineteenth-century fiction by examining how and why a florid and sensuous style came to be adopted by so many authors. Discussing a diverse range of authors, including Margaret Fuller and Pauline Hopkins, Beam traces this style through a variety of literary endeavors and reconstructs the political rationale behind the writers' commitments to this form of prose. Beam provides both close readings of a number of familiar and unfamiliar works and an overarching account of the importance of this form of writing, suggesting new ways of looking at style as a medium through which gender can be signified and reshaped. Style, Gender, and Fantasy in Nineteenth Century American Women's Writing redefines our understanding of women's relation to aesthetics and their contribution to both American literary romanticism and feminist reform. This illuminating account provides valuable new insights for scholars of American literature and women's writing.

Nineteenth Century American Women Write Religion

Nineteenth Century American Women Write Religion
Author: Mary McCartin Wearn
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2016-05-06
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1317087372

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Nineteenth-century American women’s culture was immersed in religious experience and female authors of the era employed representations of faith to various cultural ends. Focusing primarily on non-canonical texts, this collection explores the diversity of religious discourse in nineteenth-century women’s literature. The contributors examine fiction, political writings, poetry, and memoirs by professional authors, social activists, and women of faith, including Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Angelina and Sarah Grimké, Louisa May Alcott, Rebecca Harding Davis, Harriet E. Wilson, Sarah Piatt, Julia Ward Howe, Julia A. J. Foote, Lucy Mack Smith, Rebecca Cox Jackson, and Fanny Newell. Embracing the complexities of lived religion in women’s culture-both its repressive and its revolutionary potential-Nineteenth-Century American Women Write Religion articulates how American women writers adopted the language of religious sentiment for their own cultural, political, or spiritual ends.

Who s who in Contemporary Women s Writing

Who s who in Contemporary Women s Writing
Author: Jane Eldridge Miller
Publsiher: Psychology Press
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2001
ISBN: 9780415159807

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A comprehensive, authoritative guide to women's fiction, prose, poetry and drama from around the world in the second half of the twentieth century.

Woman s Fiction

Woman s Fiction
Author: Nina Baym
Publsiher: University of Illinois Press
Total Pages: 364
Release: 1993
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780252062858

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This reissue of the pioneering and standard book on antebellum women's domestic novels contains a new introduction situating the book in the context of important recent developments in the study of women's writing. Nina Baym considers 130 novels by 48 women, focusing on the works of a dozen especially productive and successful writers. Woman's Fiction is a major-work in nineteenth-century literature, reexamining changes in the literary canon and the meaning of sentimentalism, while responding to current critical discussions of 'the body' in literary texts. ''Informative and stimulating. . . . Nina Baym has undertaken a systematic analysis of that nineteenth-century American fiction normally dismissed as at best trivially sentimental. . . . Woman's Fiction offers a fresh perspective on a largely forgotten body of literature.'' -- American Literature''Perceives in the fiction of, by, and for women in the period stated a popular genre that made a particular kind of feminist avowal for the times, one that rejected the concept of helplessness and urged the application of intelligence and courage to trying situations. . . . Baym marshals ample supporting evidence from the outpouring of such fiction.'' - ALA Booklist