Contemporary women's fiction and the fantastic

Armitt, Lucie (2000) Contemporary women's fiction and the fantastic. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780333694534

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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.

Keywords:Women writers, Science fiction
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q323 English Literature by topic
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
ID Code:13564
Deposited On:13 Mar 2014 16:37

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