Women's Friendships: A Collection of Short Stories

Women's Friendships: A Collection of Short Stories

by Susan Koppelman
     
 
"Women have always cherished friendships with women, and women writers have always told stories in which women's friendships are central realities," writes Susan Koppelman, editor of this provocative collection of American women's short stories. Twenty-one stories, published between 1846 and 1991, offers multidimensional portrayals of one of women's most important

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"Women have always cherished friendships with women, and women writers have always told stories in which women's friendships are central realities," writes Susan Koppelman, editor of this provocative collection of American women's short stories. Twenty-one stories, published between 1846 and 1991, offers multidimensional portrayals of one of women's most important and treasured experiences.

In these stories, friendships begin, end, and endure, despite hardship and separation. We see friendships in childhood and old age, those that are brief and those that last lifetimes - and beyond. Common themes and issues emerge, even as the stories reflect women's diversity. These stories show us not only the many roles of friendship but also the conditions and concerns of women's lives through changing historical circumstances. We see rituals for comfort and celebration, patterns of mutual support, and reciprocal enhancement of self-esteem. We find what is unique about women's friendship - the affirmation of appetites and ambitions, the sharing of laughter and joy, and the mutual reflection of women's best selves.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
These 20 stories have been carefully selected to illustrate a diversity of women writers as well as to reveal various aspects of friendships between women, including duration, food, age, sexual orientation, and ethnicity. Arranged chronologically from Lydia Maria Child's ``The Neighbor-in-Law'' (1846) through Madelyn Arnold's ``Let Me See'' (1991), the stories include old favorites and new discoveries. Koppelman's introduction and afterword, substantial headnotes by various English professors placing the works in a biographical context, and a bibliography add to the scholarliness of this volume, the seventh in Koppelman's series of women's short fiction anthologies. For women's studies collections.-- James E. Van Buskirk, San Francisco P.L.
Booknews
Corbin (history, Sorbonne) analyzes 19th century prostitution in France as a business undergoing industrialization, urbanization, and regulation, just as other businesses were. He sees the licensed brothels as the sex-service analogs to factories in manufacturing, and examines the workforce, recruitment and career patterns, the clientele, and specialized establishments. Reviews the turn-of-the- century demise of the licensing system, and compares current prostitution. Originally published in French in 1978. The editor describes her vocation as restoration of women's literary heritage. of 21 exceptional stories published between 1846 and 1991, each with a headnote written by a contributing scholar. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806123769
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
11/28/1991
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.79(w) x 8.81(h) x 1.08(d)

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