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Fictional Feminism: How American Bestsellers Affect the Movement for Women's Equality [NOOK Book]

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This book focuses on the ways in which second-wave feminism has been represented in American popular culture, and on the effects that these representations have had on feminism as a political movement. Kim Loudermilk provides close readings of four best-selling novels and their film adaptations. According to Loudermilk, each of these novels contains explicitly feminist characters and themes, yet each presents a curiously ambivalent picture of feminism; these texts at once take feminism seriously and subtly ...
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Fictional Feminism: How American Bestsellers Affect the Movement for Women's Equality

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Overview

This book focuses on the ways in which second-wave feminism has been represented in American popular culture, and on the effects that these representations have had on feminism as a political movement. Kim Loudermilk provides close readings of four best-selling novels and their film adaptations. According to Loudermilk, each of these novels contains explicitly feminist characters and themes, yet each presents a curiously ambivalent picture of feminism; these texts at once take feminism seriously and subtly undercut its most central tenets. This book argues that these texts create a kind of "fictional feminism" that recuperates feminism's radical potential, thereby lessening the threat it presents to the status quo.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Out of the '70s : feminist politics and popular fiction 17
Ch. 2 From The women's room to the bedroom : Marilyn French's feminist fiction 43
Ch. 3 Sexual suspects : feminism according to Garp 71
Ch. 4 "Weak sisters" : feminism and The witches of Eastwick 99
Ch. 5 "Consider the alternatives" : feminism and ambivalence in Margaret Atwood's The handmaid's tale 123
Conclusion : Into the '90s : fictional feminism and feminist politics 149
Notes 173
Bibliography 207
Index 223
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