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- DescriptionThis literary critical book deals exclusively with contemporary fiction by women that focuses on aging of women. It discusses the emergence of a new fictional genre, the vel of ripening or Reifungsroman. This emerging genre about the aging heroine reconceptualizes middle and old age for women, taking it from a formerly stereotypical state of passivity and deterioration (by the hearthside) into one of adventure, growth, self-discovery, self-affirmation, and integration (on the open road). The book contains an extensive bibliography of twentieth-century popular periodical articles on aging (Canadian, American, and British); literary critical articles on aging in the fiction of Doris Lessing, Alice Adams, Paule Marshall, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Pym, May Sarton, and Margaret Laurence; as well as general literary critical works on these authors; and some general (n-literary) studies of aging, often from a feminist framework (such as Simone de Beavoir's The Coming of Age). Using a feminist theoretical approach, with some influence from social literary critics such as Lentricchia and Said, the book surveys, in the first chapter, selected popular magazine articles written over this century. The next chapter analyzes fiction on middle-aged women, in works by Doris Lessing and Alice Adams. Chapter Three analyzes young-old women, in works by Barbara Pym, Elizabeth Taylor, and Paule Marshall. The final chapter looks at frail, or dependent old women, in works by May Sarton and Margaret Laurence. This work should be well received by students and scholars engaged in the study of literary criticism, women's studies in literature, gerontology, the life-cycle in literature, and contemporary women in literature.
- Author BiographyBARBARA FREY WAXMAN is Associate Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies on nineteenth-century British literature, contemporary literature, ethnic literature, and the feminist pedagogy in the teaching of literature at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She is the author of numerous publications.
- Author(s)Barbara F. Waxman
- Date of Publication11/05/1990
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleContributions in Women's Studies
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo 113
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight432 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsLaminated cover
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