Fictions of Authority: Women Writers and Narrative Voice (Paperback)Susan Sniader Lanser (author)
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Drawing on narratological and feminist theory, Susan Sniader Lanser explores patterns of narration in a wide range of novels by women of England, France, and the United States from the 1740s to the present. She sheds light on the history of "voice" as a narrative strategy and as a means of attaining social power. She considers the dynamics in personal voice in authors such as Mary Shelley, Charlotte Bronte, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jamaica Kincaid. In writers who attempt a "communal voice"-including Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Gaskell, Joan Chase, and Monique Wittig-she finds innovative strategies that challenge the conventions of Western narrative.
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 445 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
"Fictions of Authority is an important book, marking the coming of age of feminist studies of women and the novel. Its critical attention is fixed on the narrative form, as opposed to the representational content, of women's novels. It takes an ambitious scope of three centuries to construct a history of the modern novel that problematizes the correspondences between women's literary and social authority."-- Syvia Bowerbank * Studies in the Novel *
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