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Contemporary women's fiction and the fantastic [Elektronisk resurs] / Lucie Armitt.

Armitt, Lucie. (författare)
Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2000.
Engelska 272 p.
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Innehållsförteckning Sammanfattning Ämnesord
  • Acknowledgements Introduction The Grotesque Utopia: Joanna Russ, Jeanette Winterson, Angela Carter, Jane Palmer and Monique Wittig Chronotopes and Cyborgs: Octavia Butler, Joanna Russ, Fay Weldon and Marge Piercy Vampires and the Unconscious: Marge Piercy, Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison and Bessie Head Ghosts and (Narrative) Ghosting: Margaret Atwood, Jeanette Winterson and Toni Morrison Fairies and Feminism: Alice Thomas Ellis, Fay Weldon and Elizabeth Baines Magic Realism Meets the Contemporary Gothic: Isabel Allende and Angela Carter Mannequins in the Marketplace: Angela Carter, Pat Barker and Margaret Atwood Conclusion: The Lost Mother Bibliography Index.
  • This book takes a wide-ranging approach to gendered readings of the fantastic as employed by fifteen contemporary women novelists writing between 1965 and the present day. Focusing on Isabel Allende, Margaret Atwood, Angela Carter, Bessie Head, Toni Morrison, Jeanette Winterson and Monique Wittig among others, it addresses a variety of cultural perspectives on the fantastic, including representations of the Jew as vampire, Welshness and fairy lore, Latin America as source of the 'exotic' and Black South Africa as the province of nightmare. Thematically, the book is haunted by two fictive narrators, Freud's Dora and Scheherazade, the narrator of the Thousand and One Nights - both of whom find their own stories continually reworked and replayed in contemporary women's novels. But further intertextual relations also recur in E. T. A. Hoffmann's The Sandman, Alfred Lord Tennyson's The Lady of Shalott, Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own and Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca. In that sense the contemporary fantastic is seen to be in ongoing contact with that of previous centuries. Refusing to take genre as its central structural principle, Armitt's approach focuses instead upon a series of fantastic tropes (the cyborg, the vampire, ghosts, fairies and automata) and their relationship to different cultural, conceptual and theoretical discourses. She also coins a new concept of the grotesque utopia as a means of rethinking celebratory readings of the fantastic in a manner that evades reductive capitulation to the 'sealed off' text. 


Fantastic fiction  -- Women authors -- History and criticism. (LCSH)
Fantasy fiction  -- Women authors -- History and criticism. (LCSH)
Fiction  -- History and criticism -- 20th century. (LCSH)
Fiction  -- Women authors -- History and criticism. (LCSH)
Women and literature  -- History -- 20th century. (LCSH)
Fantastic, The, in literature.  (LCSH)
Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers  -- English. (bicssc)
Literary studies: from c 1900 -  -- English. (bicssc)
Gender studies: women  -- English. (bicssc)
Literature.  (eflch)

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Fantastic fiction Women authors History and criticism Fiction 20th century


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