The Girl

The Girl

Constructions of the Girl in Contemporary Fiction by Women

Book - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
Looks at growing up female in British and American literature

McMillan Palgrave
No longer banished to the realms of the Victorian 'marriage or death' plots, girls in contemporary fiction embrace new freedoms while still struggling with plots centered on their bodies, societal limitations, and the price for freedom and escape. The Girl investigates the legacies of expectation, competing cultural ideologies, and multiplicities of growing up female at the end of the twentieth century as portrayed in contemporary fiction by women such as Toni Morrison, Jeanette Winterson, Jamaica Kincaid, and Joyce Carol Oates. The essayists show how new fictions of The Girl provide access to a constellation of themes and narrative patterns - including race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, female subjectivity, and nationalism - in new ways, while also continuing to envision girlhood in relation to such themes as love, separation from the mother, and maternal loss or overprotection.
Examines the changing image of the girl in contemporary women’s fiction

Book News
Nine contributions investigate contemporary works of fiction by women to explore the legacies of expectation and competing cultural ideologies of growing up female in British, American, and postcolonial societies at the end of the 20th century. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312173531
Branch Call Number: 813.54 GIR
Characteristics: xxix, 178 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Saxton, Ruth
Alternative Title: Girl


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