Vigilante Women in Contemporary American Fiction

Hardcover | September 15, 2011

byAlison Graham-Bertolini

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Gun-toting, rough-riding, crack-shot women; train-robbing female bandits; blood-thirsty mothers who refuse to accept injustice— these women appear in vigilante literature as protagonists that recognize the extent of their own exploitation and directly confront the causes.  In this dynamic study, Graham-Bertolini provides the first analysis of vigilante women in contemporary American fiction and develops a model of vigilante heroines using literary and feminist theory. Through close-readings of important texts, including those by Flagg, Glaspell, Hong-Kington, Hurston, Rawlings, Walker, this analysis broadens our understanding of how law and culture infringe upon women’s rights and joins the discussion about gender oppression and traditional identity politics.

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Gun-toting, rough-riding, crack-shot women; train-robbing female bandits; blood-thirsty mothers who refuse to accept injustice— these women appear in vigilante literature as protagonists that recognize the extent of their own exploitation and directly confront the causes.  In this dynamic study, Graham-Bertolini provides the first anal...

Alison Graham-Bertolini has a PhD in English Literature from Louisiana State University and a Master’s degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. Her writing and research focus on issues in contemporary American Literature, Ethnic Literature, and Women’s Studies. She has recently published articles in the Journal of F...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:202 pages, 8.63 × 5.71 × 0.68 inPublished:September 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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“Graham-Bertolini opens up valuable discussions about individual responses to gender oppression. She explores the power of language and symbolism; means of working towards gender quality through transformations in gender roles and identities; and the necessity of working outside existing structures (such as legal systems) as a critique of oppression inflicted by those systems.”--Kristine Rabberman, Director, Programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences and Instructor in Gender Studies, College of Liberal and Professional Studies, University of Pennsylvania“Graham-Bertolini has charted a new galaxy of fiery stars in the firmament of women's literature.  Her presentation of heroines who challenge, subvert or even kill patriarchal figures to achieve justice and identity will startle, inform, and inspire readers from many fields.”--John Lowe, Robert Penn Warren Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Department of English, Louisiana State University"Full of drama, color, romance, vitality, the long arm of the law, and the righting of wrongs--what more could anyone want? Vigilante Women in Contemporary American Fiction entertains and inspires, makes you laugh and makes you think and makes you fume. This book is magnificent, even if you're not (for the moment) feeling like you need a hit of revenge. Enjoy!"-- Emily Toth, Professor of English and Women's Studies, Louisiana State University and author of Ms. Mentor's Impeccable Advice for Women in Academia