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Myths and fairy tales in contemporary women's fiction : from Atwood to Morrison

Author: Sharon Rose Wilson
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Myths and Fairy Tales in Contemporary Women's Fiction explores contemporary feminist, postmodernist, and postcolonial women writers' use and revisions of fairy tales and myths. With close readings of works ranging from Margaret Atwood to Doris Lessing to Toni Morrison, Wilson examines meanings of myths and fairy tales as well as their varying techniques, images, intertexts, and genres. Although the writers  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Named Person: Margaret Atwood; Doris Lessing; Toni Morrison; Atwood; Margaret Atwood; Doris Lessing; Toni Morrison
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sharon Rose Wilson
ISBN: 0230605540 9780230605541
OCLC Number: 191318174
Description: viii, 207 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Margaret Atwood's monstrous, dismembered, cannibalized, and (sometimes) reborn female bodies : The robber bride and other texts --
Fitcher's and Frankenstein's gaze in Atwood's Oryx and crake --
The writer as crone goddess in Atwood's The Penelopiad and Lessing's The memoirs of a survivor --
Mythic quests for the word and postcolonial identity : Lessing's The story of General Dann and Mara's daughter, Griot and the snow dog, and Morrison's Beloved --
Erdrich's community as home : The wizard of Oz, the Ramayana, and Greek and Native American myth in The beet queen --
Silenced women in Rosario Ferre's The youngest doll : "Sleeping Beauty," "The red shoes," "Cinderella," "Fitcher's bird" --
Enchantment, transformation, and rebirth in Iris Murdoch's The green knight --
Bluebeard's Forbidden room in Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea --
Fairy tales and myth in Keri Hulme's The bone people --
Conclusion.
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This book explores how feminist, postmodernist, and postcolonial female writers use and revise fairy tales and myths through the lens of Margaret Atwood, Doris Lessing, and Toni Morrison's work.  Read more...

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