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Women's Fiction: From 1945 to Today (Paperback)
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Women's Fiction: From 1945 to Today (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 19/06/2014
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Now in its second edition and with new chapters covering such texts as Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love and 'yummy mummy' novels such as Allison Pearson's I Don't Know How She Does It, this is a wide-ranging survey of popular women's fiction from 1945 to the present. Examining key trends in popular writing for women in each decade, Women's Fiction offers case study readings of major British and American writers. Through these readings, the book explores how popular texts often neglected by feminist literary criticism have charted the shifting demands, aspirations and expectations of women in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
ISBN: 9781441104267
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 322 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 13 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition


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Her study will be welcomed by many women who have also read and enjoyed 'middlebrow' novels alongside 'highbrow' counterparts. It reveals the cultural currency of feminine popular fictions, and elucidates the pleasures they offer, without denying their occasionally serious limitations. * Times Literary Supplement *
Deborah Phillips has produced a most welcome addition to the existing critical work on the "woman's novel", which is to say the novel written by women that constructs its readers as feminine...Women's Fiction 1945-2005 uses many of the approaches that we have come to associate with Cultural Studies and offers an enjoyable sense of time travel for those who are old enough to remember the decades in the second half of the twentieth century... * Maroula Joannou, Contemporary Women's Writing *
"Deborah Philips' study...is an invaluable text, deftly weaving literary history with cultural critique, social commentary, feminist analysis. Philips has achieved something truly remarkable in this intelligent, savvy, and provocative work of literary and cultural inspiration." - Dr. Suzette Henke, Thruston B. Morton, Sr. Professor of English, University of Louisville, USA
"Deborah Philips' study of what she terms women's "domestic romance" from 1945 to 2005 is both entertaining and perceptive, at once engaging and nicely judged. She looks at the shifting sub-genres through the decades, amongst others, single mother novels in the sixties, sex and shopping fiction in the eighties, aga sagas in the nineties, and chick-lit up to the present day. This is a welcome addition to feminist engagement in the field. Astute, full of sharp political insights and alert to recent cultural theory, it is a sparkling and persuasive account of the changing concerns and tropes of women's popular fiction." - Professor Helen Carr, Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK.
Women writers of "middlebrow" fiction have often been disregarded in terms of both the literary canon and feminists who otherwise support and promote the writings of women. The truths these popular writers wrote about were dismissed because the books were written in the "correct" way, the way that appealed to literary circles. Philips sought to change this perception with the first edition of this book, in which she discussed, decade by decade, the important and emerging themes of women's popular fiction alongside the themes of the literary works of the day ... This updated edition carries the reader to 2014, covering the current popular novels that depict women "having it all" and the "spiritual quest" story. Philips's opinion of the popular novel takes a more negative turn with these mass market-produced books, obviously written to capitalize on one success in the field, and she raises new questions about how writing for women is marketed today. The book contains an expanded bibliography and interesting new content. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; graduate students; professionals; general readers. -- R. Stone, Mt. St. Joseph University * CHOICE *

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