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In this book, Mary Talbot shows how fiction works in the constitution and reproduction of social life. She discusses both 'high' and 'low' fiction, combining discussion of social context with language analysis. Examples are taken from children's tales, romance, horror and science in her language analysis.
Part I: Fiction as social practice
1. What is Fiction?
2. Discourses, readers, genres
3. Intertextuality and text population
Part II: Fiction and social reproduction
4. Escaping into romance
5. Confronting horror
Part III: Fiction and social change
6. Fiction and empowerment
7. Feminist science fiction