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Women writers and experimental narratives : early modern to contemporary /

Authors: Aughterson, Kate,%1961-%editor | Philips, Deborah,%1954-%editor | Ohio Library and Information Network. Published by : Palgrave Macmillan, (Basingstoke :) Physical details: xv, 272 p. ; 23 cm. ISBN: 3030496503 Subject(s): Literature %Women authors %History and criticism. | Literature, Experimental %History and criticism. | Literature, Modern %History and criticism. | Electronic books | Criticism, interpretation, etc. Year: 2021
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Includes index

1. Introduction -- 2. Unlink the Chain: Experiment in Aphra Behns Novels -- 3. Experiment in Prose: Authority and Experience in Lady Mary Wortley Montagus Letters -- 4. Experiments, Experimentalists, Experimentation: Dissecting Frankenstein -- 5. Genre-Bending and Experimentation in Sensation Fiction; The Case of Mary Braddon and Ellen Wood -- 6. The Ironic Strategies of Kate Chopins The Awakening -- 7. Realms of Resemblance: Virginia Woolf, Simone de Beauvoir and Mai Zetterling -- 8. Neo-Victorian Experimental Narrative: Writing the Absent Objects of History in Affinity and In the Red Kitchen -- 9. 1966 and Wide Sargasso Sea: The Climate that Made Jean Rhys Legible -- 10. Troublesome reading: story and speculation in African American and African originated womens writing. Resurrecting the past, re-imagining the future -- 11. 'Shes a Fine Girl': An Autotheoretical Examination of Early Experiences of Sexuality and Selfhood in Eimear McBrides A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing and Charlotte Roches Wetlands -- 12. Helen Oyeyemi at the Vanguard of Innovation in Contemporary Black British Womens Literature -- 13. 'Daring to tilt worlds': the fiction of Irenosen Okojie -- 14. Working from the Wound: Trauma, memory and experimental writing praxis in Jeanette Wintersons Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

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This book explores the history of womens engagement with writing experimentally. Women writers have long used different narratives and modes of writing as a way of critiquing worlds and stories that they find themselves at odds with, but at the same time, as a way to participate in such spaces. Experimentationof style, mode, voice, genre and languagehas enabled women writers to be simultaneously creative and critical, engaged in and yet apart from stories and cultures that have so often seen them as other. This collection shows that women writers in English over the past 400 years have challenged those ideas not only through explicit polemic and alternative representations but through disrupting the very modes of representation and story itself

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