Hysterical Fictions: The 'Woman's Novel' in the Twentieth Century

Hysterical Fictions: The 'Woman's Novel' in the Twentieth Century

ISBN10: 0333638891
ISBN13: 978-0333638897
Author: -
Title: Hysterical Fictions: The 'Woman's Novel' in the Twentieth Century
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2000 edition (August 9, 2000)
Language: English
Size ePub: 1841 kb
Size PDF: 1357 kb
Rating: 4.3/5
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Pages: 191 pages
Subcategory: History & Criticism

Hysterical Fictions: The 'Woman's Novel' in the Twentieth Century



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.

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