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    DescriptionOver the years, cars have helped to define the experiences and self-perceptions of women in complex and sometimes unexpected ways. When women take the wheel, family structure and public space are reconfigured and re-gendered, creating a context for a literary tradition in which the car has served as a substitute for, an escape from, and an extension of the home, as well as a surrogate mother, a financial safeguard, and a means of self-expression. Driving Women examines the intersection of American fiction-primarily but not exclusively by women-and automobile culture. Deborah Clarke argues that issues critical to twentieth-century American society-technology, mobility, domesticity, and agency-are repeatedly articulated through women's relationships with cars. Women writers took surprisingly intense interest in car culture and its import for modern life, as the car, replete with material and symbolic meaning, recast literal and literary female power in the automotive age. Clarke draws on a wide range of literary works, both canonical and popular, to document women's fascination with cars from many perspectives: historical, psychological, economic, ethnic. Authors discussed include Wharton, Stein, Faulkner, O'Connor, Morrison, Erdrich, Mason, Kingsolver, Lopez, Kadohata, Smiley, Senna, Viramontes, Allison, and Silko. By investigating how cars can function as female space, reflect female identity, and reshape female agency, this engaging study opens up new angles from which to approach fiction by and about women and traces new directions in the intersection of literature, technology, and gender.

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    Driving Women
    Fiction and Automobile Culture in Twentieth-century America
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Deborah Clarke
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 226
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 318 g
    ISBN 13: 9780801886171
    ISBN 10: 0801886171

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    Publication date
    22 May 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    Deborah Clarke is professor of English and women's studies at the Pennsylvania State University and author of Robbing the Mother: Women in Faulkner.
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    By bringing her expertise in literature and women's studies to bear on automobility, Clarke adds to our understanding of both the lived and the imaginary potential of the automobile in women's lives. -- Kathleen Franz Technology and Culture 2008 Important work. -- Kris Lackey Studies in American Fiction 2008 Astute and thoroughly researched study. -- Laura L. Behling Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 2008