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Fay Weldon's fiction

Author: Finuala Dowling
Publisher: Madison [N.J.] : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Finuala Dowling provides an account of Weldon's fiction, from The Fat Woman's Joke to Splitting, and shares her delight in the narrative and thematic subversions she discovers in her study of these works. The book focuses on the disobedient female protagonists - madwomen and criminals, outcasts and she-devilswho are also the putative "authors" of Weldon's fictions. Dowling examines the hilarious narrative effects
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Dowling, Finuala, 1962-
Fay Weldon's fiction.
Madison [N.J.] : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, ©1998
(OCoLC)607094963
Named Person: Fay Weldon; Fay Weldon; Fay Weldon; Fay Weldon
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Finuala Dowling
ISBN: 0838637507 9780838637500
OCLC Number: 38496527
Notes: Enlargement of author's thesis (Ph. D.)--University of South Africa, 1995, originally presented under the title: A critical appraisal of Fay Weldon's fiction.
Description: 194 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Sisterhood and solidarity: The fat woman's joke; Down among the women; Female friends --
Housewives, whores, phantoms, and feminists: Remember me; Little sisters; Praxis --
"The m(o)ther within": Puffball; The president's child; The life and loves of a she-devil --
"Towards a humorous view of the universe": The shrapnel academy; The heart of the country; The hearts and lives of men --
How many women can you fit into one body? From The rules of life to Splitting.
Responsibility: Finuala Dowling.

Abstract:

Finuala Dowling provides an account of Weldon's fiction, from The Fat Woman's Joke to Splitting, and shares her delight in the narrative and thematic subversions she discovers in her study of these works. The book focuses on the disobedient female protagonists - madwomen and criminals, outcasts and she-devilswho are also the putative "authors" of Weldon's fictions. Dowling examines the hilarious narrative effects created by these marginal characters/narrators, seeing them as feminist strategies that enhance Weldon's gynocentric themes: single parenthood, sisterhood, reproduction, motherhood, sex, and marriage.

This study raises several issues of general relevance to contemporary writing and criticism. The role of the media in presenting both author and oeuvre, the position of the woman writer vis-a-vis feminism, the confrontation of feminism and postmodernism, the question of popular versus high art forms, and the emergence of the author as public oracle are considered in relation to Weldon's considerable literary output.

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