Twentieth-century American Women's Fiction

Twentieth-century American Women's Fiction


By (author) Guy Reynolds

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 216mm 347g
  • Publication date: 1 November 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0333657721
  • ISBN 13: 9780333657720
  • Illustrations note: index

Product description

In this book Guy Reynolds offers a wide-ranging introduction to American women writers. He discusses a wide range of authors from Sarah Orne Jewett to Toni Morrison and the common themes and genres that they have covered. He presents detailed readings of both classic and little-known fictions, placing works in the social and historical contexts of their times. Incisive and detailed, this book will interest readers and students in this increasingly important field of study.

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Author information

GUY REYNOLDS is Lecturer in English and American Literature at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

Table of contents

Introduction: The Genealogy of American Women's Narrative, 1892-1995 - 'Sickbed deathbed birthbed': Therapy and Writing in the 1890s - Re-making the Home, 1909 - 1933: Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton, Mary Antin - Modernist Geographies: Space in the Fiction of Willa Cather, Djuna Barnes and Gertrude Stein - The Interwar Social Problem Novel: Zora Neale Hurston, Nella Larsen, Jessie Fauset, Agnes Smedley - 'There are so many horrible examples of regional writers, and the South is loaded': Eudora Welty, Caroline Gordon, Katherine Anne Porter, Flannery O'Connor - Dysfunctional Realism: Ann Petry, Elizabeth Hardwick, Jean Stafford, Jane Bowles - 'What's Happening in America': Sylvia Plath, Susan Sontag, Joyce Carol Oates - Fiction for the Village: Toni, Morrison, Maxine Hong Kingston, Cynthia Ozick - Index