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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 15mm | 340g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1999 ed.
  • biography
  • 033365773X
  • 9780333657737

About Guy Reynolds

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

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.show more

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 Supplementshow more