Popular Feminist Fiction As American Allegory: Representing National Time by J. ElliottPopular Feminist Fiction As American Allegory: Representing National Time by J. Elliott

Popular Feminist Fiction As American Allegory: Representing National Time

byJ. Elliott

Hardcover | July 21, 2008

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This book argues that popular feminist fiction provided a key means by which American culture narrated and negotiated the perceived breakdown of American progress after the 1960s. It explores the intersection of two key features of late twentieth-century American culture.
JANE ELLIOTT is Lecturer of English at University of York, UK.
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Title:Popular Feminist Fiction As American Allegory: Representing National TimeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:225 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.75 inPublished:July 21, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230605427

ISBN - 13:9780230605428

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Table of Contents

The Problem of Static Time: Totalization, the End of History and the End of the 1960s Heir Apparent: Legacies of the 1960s in The Women's Room and Vida Dead-End Job: The Stepford Wives, Domestic Labor and the End of History Promiscuous Times: Post-Structuralist Desires in Rubyfruit Jungle and Fear of Flying Alice Walker's Hindsight and the Price of Futurity My Mother, Myself: Sentiment and the Transcendence of Time in The Joy Luck Club and The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Coda: Hurried Woman Tales

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"By charting the modes of temporality structuring post-1960s women's popular fiction, Elliott offers an illuminating way of articulating the narratives of second-wave feminism to evolving conceptions of capitalist America. Her argument that these narratives are, first and foremost, national allegories gives them a refreshing intelligibility and historical agency. It's the kind of argument with which, whether or not they agree with her, future generations of scholars will need to reckon."--Rey Chow, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, Brown University and author of Sentimental Fabulations, Contemporary Chinese Films"In this impressive debut, Jane Elliott revisits a fascinating passage in recent American culture, when feminism could advance through popular fiction and critical theory alike. She examines a series of novels both famous and forgotten, unfolding their allegorical layers to show how they speak directly to the changing contours of domination and liberation in women’s lives. The book offers timely lessons, not only about the renewable resources of popular cultural forms, but also about the value of allegorical reading for contemporary critical practice."--Richard Dienst, Department of English, Rutgers University