The Silent Echo: The Middle-Aged Female Body in Contemporary Women's Fiction by Helen PalogeThe Silent Echo: The Middle-Aged Female Body in Contemporary Women's Fiction by Helen Paloge

The Silent Echo: The Middle-Aged Female Body in Contemporary Women's Fiction

byHelen Paloge

Hardcover | December 24, 2007

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The Silent Echo examines the texts and subtexts of a number of English and American contemporary women's novels dealing with middle age. These novels of midlife chart the brief development of a female protagonist in early or late middle age as she achieves some measure of emotional and physical contentment or wisdom. Author Helen Paloge clearly shows that, in fact, these novels, which claim to confront in narrative terms the gender-bound implications of aging, generally reveal an unconscious denial of the truth of aging's significance for women, a consistent dishonesty on this score, and an ultimate refusal to confront the issues they claim to examine. The Silent Echo explores fiction by such authors as Margaret Atwood, Joan Barfoot, Fay Weldon, and Joyce Carol Oates, in search of the middle-aged woman's body and its decline unto death. If the quest for happiness or meaning in most of these novels proves successful, it is despite, rather than because of, the middle-aged body. The aging female body might present no hindrance to happiness, but it must be acknowledged and engaged.
Helen Paloge is lecturer in teacher education at Sakhnin College in Sakhnin, Israel.
Title:The Silent Echo: The Middle-Aged Female Body in Contemporary Women's FictionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 9.37 × 6.31 × 0.8 inPublished:December 24, 2007Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0739121723

ISBN - 13:9780739121726


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 3 Chapter 2. The Midlife Novel or The Female Bildungsroman of Second Adulthood Chapter 4 Chapter 3. As Time Runs By Chapter 5 Chapter 4. Waking Up to Change Chapter 6 Chapter 5. The Image of Aging Chapter 7 Chapter 6. Body Chapter 8 Chapter 7. Mirror, Mirror...Double, Mothers Chapter 9 Chapter 8. Subject and Voice / The Gaze and Silence

Editorial Reviews

I find this book truly refreshing and original in its critical stance and its readiness to read through much feminist gesturing, which all-too-often serves as a palliative for the unresolved problems of aging and decline, both in life and in literature. The book is extremely well written, theoretically informed but readily accessible, and its exposure of the inconsistencies, the denials, and sometime the blatant dishonesty of middle-brow literature is done with both genuine empathy and humor.