Twentieth-century American Women's Fiction

Twentieth-century American Women's Fiction

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 15mm | 342g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • United Kingdom
  • index
  • 033365773X
  • 9780333657737

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

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Review quote

'Reynolds writes accessibly about a spectrum of literary, historical and social issues...readers interested in learning more about the fiction written by American women in this century might well want to let Reynolds introduce them.' - Times Literary Supplement

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About Guy Reynolds

GUY REYNOLDS is Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.

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