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Figuring the Woman Author in Contemporary Fiction

Figuring the Woman Author in Contemporary Fiction by Mary Eagleton
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If the author is 'dead' and feminism is 'post', why does the figure of the woman author keep appearing as a character in contemporary fiction? This original study shows how much life is left in the woman author and how for contemporary writers she is a figure of rich narrative interest and at the centre of political, aesthetic and ethical problems. She is concerned with ownership but, equally, with loss; determined to enter the cultural field but also rejecting that field; looking for control but subject to duplicity. Drawing on a diverse range of authors - including Margaret Atwood, A. S. Byatt, Anita Brookner, J. M. Coetzee, Alison Lurie, Michèle Roberts, Carol Shields, Muriel Spark Fay Weldon, Alice Walker - Eagleton's study explores the complexity and continuing fascination of this figure. In so doing, she reaffirms the central importance of authorship within English studies and the way gender continues to impact.
Palgrave Macmillan; December 2005
202 pages; ISBN 9780230502215
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Title: Figuring the Woman Author in Contemporary Fiction
Author: Mary Eagleton
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