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Moving on : the heroines of Shirley Ann Grau, Anne Tyler, and Gail Godwin

Author: Susan S Kissel
Publisher: Bowling Green, OH : Bowling Green State University Popular Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Focusing on the works of Shirley Ann Grau, Anne Tyler, and Gail Godwin as representative of changes taking place today, Kissel shows how white southern women are "moving on" in their fiction, with heroines not only continuing to renounce southern patriarchal tradition but moving beyond to establish independent lives and caring communities in American society. They are beginning to close the gap that has existed  Read more...
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Kissel, Susan S.
Moving on.
Bowling Green, OH : Bowling Green State University Popular Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)605058775
Named Person: Shirley Ann Grau; Anne Tyler; Gail Godwin; Shirley Ann Grau; Anne Tyler; Gail Godwin; Gail Godwin; Shirley Ann Grau; Anne Tyler; Shirley A Grau; Anne Tyler; Gail Godwin; Gail - Personnages - Héroïnes Godwin; Shirley Ann - Personnages - Héroïnes Grau; Anne - Personnages - Héroïnes Tyler; Gail Godwin; Shirley Ann Grau; Anne Tyler
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan S Kissel
ISBN: 087972711X 9780879727116 0879727128 9780879727123
OCLC Number: 34782735
Description: x, 232 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Shirley Ann Grau's Keepers of the House --
3. Anne Tyler's "Homeless at home" --
4. Gail Godwin's Family reconfigurations --
5. Other contemporary authors and their fictional works --
6. Conclusions.
Responsibility: Susan S. Kissel.
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Focusing on the works of Shirley Ann Grau, Anne Tyler, and Gail Godwin as representative of changes taking place today, Kissel shows how white southern women are "moving on" in their fiction, with heroines not only continuing to renounce southern patriarchal tradition but moving beyond to establish independent lives and caring communities in American society. They are beginning to close the gap that has existed between themselves and black southern women writers, whose protagonists have long shown that the strength and independence of female maturity must be synonymous with complete character development. A background synthesis freshly discussing the work of Chopin, McCullers, O'Connor, Mitchell, and Welty leads to extended treatment of the novels of Shirley Ann Grau, whose protagonists, "keepers of the house," remain their fathers' daughters; of Anne Tyler, whose characters are "fatherless" and "homeless at home"; and Gail Godwin, whose daughter-heroines learn the necessity of autonomy. Further development is shown in a subsequent generation of writers, discussed as paralleling either Grau ("haunted by the past"), Tyler ("making adult choices") or Godwin ("creating new communities") and pointing to a continuing progression.

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