Contemporary Women Writers Look Back
From Irony to NostalgiaeBook - 2010
Long before John Barth announced in his famous 1967 essay that late twentieth-century fiction was "The Literature of Exhaustion," authors have been retelling and recycling stories. Barth was, however, right to identify in postmodern fiction a particular self-consciousness about its belatedness at the end of a long literary tradition. This book traces the move in contemporary women's writing from the self-conscious, ironic parodies of postmodernism to the nostalgic and historical turn of the twenty-first century. It analyses how contemporary women writers deal with their literary inheritances.
Publisher: London ; New York : Continuum International Pub. Group, 2010
Characteristics: 1 online resource (189 pages)