Twentieth-Century American Women's Fiction

Twentieth-Century American Women's Fiction : A Critical Introduction

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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
  • 140 x 216 x 15.24mm | 340g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1999 ed.
  • IX, 272 p.
  • 033365773X
  • 9780333657737

About Guy Reynolds

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