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Feminist Narrative and the Supernatural

The Function of Fantastic Devices in Seven Recent Novels

Katherine J. Weese (editor) Donald E. Palumbo (editor)
C.W. Sullivan (editor)

ISBN: 9780786436156

Publication Date: Oct 2008

Format: Paperback

Examines how women authors have explored fantasy fiction in ways that connect with feminist narrative theories.

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Women authors have explored fantasy fiction in ways that connect with feminist narrative theories, as examined here by Katherine J. Weese in seven modern novels. These include Margaret Atwood's "Lady Oracle", Iris Murdoch's "The Sea, the Sea", Marilynne Robinson's "Housekeeping", Carol Shields' "The Stone Diaries", Barbara Kingsolver's "The Poisonwood Bible", and Toni Morrison's "Beloved" and "Paradise". The fantastic devices highlight various feminist narrative concerns such as the authority of the female voice, the implications of narrative form for gender construction, revisions to traditional genre conventions by women writers, and the recovery of alternative versions of stories suppressed by dominant historical narratives. Weese also frames the fantastic elements in the scope of traditional fictional structure.
Illustrations notes, bibliography, index
Pages 234
Date Published 30 Oct 2008
Publisher McFarland
Series Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Series Part v. 11
Subject/s Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers   Literary studies: from c 1900 -   Feminism & feminist theory  
Katherine J. Weese is an English professor at Hampden-Sydney College. Her articles on the fantastic and feminist fiction have appeared in Journal of Narrative Theory, Modern Fiction Studies, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts and Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction. Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He lives in Greenville. C.W. Sullivan III is also in the English department at East Carolina University.

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