Margaret Drabble's Female Bildungsromane: Theory, Genre, and Gender

Margaret Drabble's Female Bildungsromane: Theory, Genre, and Gender

by Ian Wojcik-Andrews
     
 

This book examines Margaret Drabble's female Bildungsromane using a Marxist-feminist theoretical model. Thus it historicizes genre - the Bildungsroman - and also the specific kinds of journeys upon which the heroine embarks: marriage, housework, community, sorority, literary creativity. Integrating the theoretical work of Marx, Engels, Althusser, Barret,

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This book examines Margaret Drabble's female Bildungsromane using a Marxist-feminist theoretical model. Thus it historicizes genre - the Bildungsroman - and also the specific kinds of journeys upon which the heroine embarks: marriage, housework, community, sorority, literary creativity. Integrating the theoretical work of Marx, Engels, Althusser, Barret, Gilligan, Hartsock and others, Ian Wojcik-Andrews sees these journeys as historically determined yet negotiable points of intersection that mediate between the hegemony of materialist, psychoanalytic, and aesthetic ideologies and the ongoing struggle by women and women writers for human rights.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
«Ian Wojcik-Andrews' book on Margaret Drabble offers insights and inroads into not only Drabble's fiction but the fiction of a generation of contemporary women writers.» (Regina Barreca, University of Connecticut)
«The importance of Margaret Drabble's oeuvre as a set of studies in women's development emerges clearly from this fresh and engaging book. Wojcik-Andrews redefines the female bildungsroman around issues that matter for modern readers: housework, women's sociability, and the conditions that affect women's artistic successes. Drabble's fictions, he argues, articulate changing social arrangements in revolutionary ways.» (Margaret R. Higonnet, University of Connecticut)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820419015
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/1995
Series:
Writing About Women Series: Feminist Literary Studies, #6
Pages:
224

Meet the Author

The Author: Ian Wojcik-Andrews is an associate professor of Literature in the Department of English at Eastern Michigan University. Now a permanent resident of the United States, he received a B.A. from Essex University, a PGCE from Manchester University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. He has presented papers and chaired sessions at international and national conferences. Dr. Wojcik-Andrews has published widely in children's literature journals. An interview with Margaret Drabble will be published this year.

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