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King, Jeannette
Discourses of ageing in fiction and feminism : the invisible woman / Jeannette King
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2013
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 4th Floor  PN3352.W66 K56 2013    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Fiction -- History and criticism
Women in literature
Aging in literature
Feminism and literature
Physical Description xvii, 221 p.: ill.; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [206]-217) and index
Contents Introduction -- Part 1: Becoming visible. Crones, Viragoes or Wise Women? ; Discourses of Female Ageing 1850-1900 ; Spinsters, Widows and Mothers: Fictional Responses ; The Demented Other. -- Part 2: The 1960s and after. Second-wave Feminism: Sisterhood and 'My Generation' ; 'If the Old Could': Bridging the Generation Gap; Autobiographical Fictions of Female Ageing. -- PART III: The 1990s. Discourses of Female Ageing at the Fin-de-si├Ęcle ; The Sexual Politics of Ageing ; Conclusion: Shaking A Leg At Age: Angela Carter, Wise Children. -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary "What do fictional representations of older women add to our understanding of a group of individuals often marginalized in our youth-oriented society? How far can they challenge the more dominant representations to be found in popular culture, and even in medical and sociological journals? And what has feminism had to contribute? Starting from an overview of nineteenth-century women's fiction in relation to these contexts, Discourses of Ageing in Fiction and Feminism explores these questions through close readings of the work of major twentieth-century women novelists, considered in relation to these non-fictional perceptions. It argues that their novels offer a feminist understanding of the "invisible" woman sometimes lacking in feminism itself."--Publisher's website
NOTE Gift from an anonymous donor, 2013

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