Plain & Ugly Janes

Plain & Ugly Janes

The Rise of the Ugly Woman in Contemporary American Fiction

eBook - 2006
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"If beauty is truth, is ugliness falsehood and deception? If all art need concern itself with is beauty, what need have we to explore in our literature the nature and consequences of ugliness?" In Plain and Ugly Janes, Charlotte Wright defines and explores the ramifications of a new character type in twentieth-century American literature, the "ugly woman," whose roots can be traced to the Old Maid/Spinster character of the nineteenth century. During the 1970s, stories began to appear in which the ugly woman is a figure of power-heroic not in the traditional old maid's way of quiet, passive acc.
Publisher: Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, [2006]
ISBN: 9781587297779
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 136 pages)
Alternative Title: Plain and ugly Janes


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