Feminist Narrative and the Supernatural
The Function of Fantastic Devices in Seven Recent Novels
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About the Book
Women authors have explored fantasy fiction in ways that connect with feminist narrative theories, as examined here by Katherine J. Weese in seven modern novels. These include Margaret Atwood’s Lady Oracle, Iris Murdoch’s The Sea, the Sea, Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping, Carol Shields’s The Stone Diaries, Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible, and Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Paradise.
The fantastic devices highlight various feminist narrative concerns such as the authority of the female voice, the implications of narrative form for gender construction, revisions to traditional genre conventions by women writers, and the recovery of alternative versions of stories suppressed by dominant historical narratives. Weese also frames the fantastic elements in the scope of traditional fictional structure.
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About the Author(s)
Katherine J. Weese. Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2008
Series: Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Table of Contents
Introduction: Theories of the Fantastic and Feminist Narrative Theory—An Intersection 5
PART I. GOTHIC FICTIONS AND THE FANTASTIC
1. The Novel Weapon: Gender and Genre in Iris Murdoch’s The Sea, the Sea 31
2. From “The Lady of Shalott” to “Lady Lazarus”: Margaret Atwood’s Lady Oracle 48
PART II. GHOSTLY NARRATORS AND NARRATIVE VOICE
3. Narration from Beyond the Grave in Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping 71
4. The “Invisible” Woman: Narrative Strategies in Carol Shields’s The Stone Diaries 87
PART III. THE HISTORICAL NOVEL AND THE FANTASTIC
5. “The Eyes in the Trees”: Transculturation and Magic Realism in Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible 109
6. Telling Beloved’s Story 125
7. The Gospel According to Consolata: Alternative Christianities and Toni Morrison’s Paradise 146
Chapter Notes 175
Book Reviews & Awards
“fascinating…well worth reading”—Science Fiction Studies.