Hysterical Fictions

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Dezember 2000



The woman's novel is a term used to describe fiction which, while immensely popular among educated women readers, sits uneasily between high and low culture. Clare Hanson argues that this hybrid status reflects the ambivalent position of its authors and readers, as educated women caught between identification with the male-gendered intellectual culture and a counter-experience of female embodiment. Through six case studies, the representation of a 'mind/body problem' is explored in the fiction of Rosamond Lehmann, Elizabeth Bowen, Elizabeth Taylor, Margaret Drabble, A.S.Byatt and Anita Brookner.


Introduction Rosamond Lehmann and the Woman in Love Elizabeth Bowen: 'Becoming Woman' Elizabeth Taylor's Speaking Bodies Margaret Drabble: Natality, Labour, Work and Action A.S. Byatt's Gardens Anita Brookner: The Principle of Hope Bibliography Index


CLARE HANSON is Professor of English in the Department of English and Drama at Loughborough University. Her publications include Critical Writings of Katherine Mansfield (ed.), Re-reading the Short Story (ed.), Short Stories and Short Fictions: 1990-1980, and Virginia Woolf.


'In her characteristically clear and knowledgeable introduction, Clare Hanson argues persuasively for the need to attend to the cultural status of fiction written by educated women, primarily for women as educated as themselves...Most interesting of all, is the unresolved tension, at the heart of all of the fiction she includes, between the notion of woman solely as the one who nurtures and the more complex possibilities afforded to the educated woman of the past hundred years.' - Kate Fullbrook, Times Literary Supplement
EAN: 9780312235291
ISBN: 0312235291
Untertitel: The 'Woman's Novel' in the Twentieth Century. biography. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Palgrave USA
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2000
Seitenanzahl: 191 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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