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The Best Contemporary Women S Fiction

Author : Jenna Blum
ISBN : 9780547661520
Genre : Fiction
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Six novels in one volume by today’s most outstanding female writers—includes The Magician’s Assistant, Those Who Save Us, and more. From the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Commonwealth and Bel Canto, to the multiple award-winning author of This Must Be the Place, this collection gathers a half-dozen top-notch literary talents in a treasure trove for fiction lovers. Included: Almost by Elizabeth Benedict chronicles the attempt of writer Sophy Chase to come to terms with the death of her almost ex-husband—who may have committed suicide on the New England resort island where she left him just months before. Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum follows Trudy, a professor of German history, as she investigates her mother’s past in WWII Germany, combining a passionate, doomed love story; a vivid evocation of life during the war; and a poignant mother/daughter drama. The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss is a heartwarming story of a young woman with the rare talent of “gentling” wild horses, and the unexpected and profound connections between people and animals. The Last Chinese Chef by Nicole Mones takes readers inside the hidden world of elite cuisine in modern China, through the story of an American food writer in Beijing who discovers that her late husband may have been leading a double life. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell is a gothic, intricate tale of family secrets, lost lives, and the freedom brought by truth. The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett tells the story of the death of a secretive magician—and how it sets in motion his partner’s journey of self-discovery.
Category: Fiction

Contemporary American Women Fiction Writers

Author : Laurie Champion
ISBN : 0313316279
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Covers more than sixty women who published significant fiction after 1945, with a brief biography, exposition of major works and themes, survey of critical reception, and references to primary and secondary sources for each.
Category: Literary Criticism

Contemporary Women S Fiction And The Fantastic

Author : L. Armitt
ISBN : 9780230598997
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This volume examines a wide variety of the ways in which the fantastic has impacted upon contemporary women's fiction. Some of the issues addressed include: the importance of the cyborg and the spectre to critical and fictional discourses of gender; the interface between the grotesque and contemporary readings of feminist utopianism; the growing similarity between late twentieth-century gothicism and the magical real. The study is based upon the work of fifteen writers and includes novels by Allende, Atwood, Carter, Head, Morrison, Weldon, Winterson and Wittig.
Category: Literary Criticism

Myth And Fairy Tale In Contemporary Women S Fiction

Author : Susan Sellers
ISBN : 9781403919205
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Woman as gorgon, woman as temptress: the classical and biblical mythology which has dominated Western thinking defines women in a variety of patriarchally encoded roles. This study addresses the surprising persistence of mythical influence in contemporary fiction. Opening with the question 'what is myth?', the first section provides a wide-ranging review of mythography. It traces how myths have been perceived and interpreted by such commentators as Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Bruno Bettelheim, Roland Barthes, Jack Zipes and Marina Warner. This leads to an examination of the role that mythic narrative plays in social and self formation, drawing on the literary, feminist and psychoanalytic theories of Julia Kristeva, Luce Irigaray, Helene Cixous and Judith Butler to delineate the ways in which women's mythos can transcend the limitations of logos and give rise to potent new models for individual and cultural regeneration. In this light, Susan Sellers offers challenging new readings of a wide range of contemporary women's fiction, including works by A. S. Byatt, Angela Carter, Anne Rice, Michele Roberts, Emma Tennant and Fay Weldon. Topics explored include fairy tale as erotic fiction, new religious writing, vampires and gender-bending, mythic mothers, genre fiction, the still-persuasive paradigm of feminine beauty, and the radical potential of comedy.
Category: Literary Criticism

Her Fearful Symmetry

Author : Audrey Niffenegger
ISBN : 9781439165393
Genre : Fiction
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When Elspeth Noblin dies, she leaves everything to the 20-year-old American twin daughters of her own long-estranged twin, Edie. Valentina and Julia, as enmeshed as Elspeth and Edie once were, move into Elspeth's London flat and through a series of develo
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Women S Fiction Authors

Author : Rebecca Vnuk
ISBN : 1591586429
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Students, researchers, readers' advisors, and women's fiction fans will find a starting point for researching popular women's fiction authors and to find new ones with this practical guide. It includes entries for more than 70 leading contemporary and popular authors, listing print and online sources, as well as web sites for obtaining authoritative information. A special addition to this volume is the inclusion of "author read-alikes" for 15 of the featured authors. An appendix lists some of the classic forerunners of women's fiction.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Silent Echo

Author : Helen Paloge
ISBN : 0739121723
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The Silent Echo examines the contemporary female midlife novel and its failure to acknowledge and engage the aging female body. Examining novels by authors such as Margaret Atwood, Fay Weldon, Joan Barfoot, and Joyce Carol Oates, The Silent Echo integrates various social, psychological, and philosophical theories with those of cultural studies to analyze how and why the aging female body has become the silent echo at the core of women's fiction.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Help

Author : Kathryn Stockett
ISBN : 9780425245132
Genre : Fiction
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Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including an African-American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend and a recently graduated white woman, team up for a clandestine project against a backdrop of the budding civil rights era. Includes reading-group guide. Reissue. A #1 best-selling novel.
Category: Fiction

Irigaray Incarnation And Contemporary Women S Fiction

Author : Abigail Rine
ISBN : 9781472508669
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Drawing on the provocative recent work of feminist theorist Luce Irigaray, Irigaray, Incarnation and Contemporary Women's Fiction illuminates the vital and subversive role of literature in rewriting notions of the sacred. Abigail Rine demonstrates through careful readings how a range of contemporary women writers - from Margaret Atwood to Michèle Roberts and Alice Walker – think beyond traditional religious discourse and masculine models of subjectivity towards a new model of the sacred: one that seeks to reconcile the schism between the human and the divine, between the body and the word. Along the way, the book argues that literature is the ideal space for rethinking religion, precisely because it is a realm that cultivates imagination, mystery and incarnation.
Category: Literary Criticism

Contemporary Women S Fiction

Author : Paulina Palmer
ISBN : UOM:39015013906618
Genre : Literary Criticism
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