Fay Weldon, Feminism, and British Culture: Challenging Cultural and Literary Conventions

Fay Weldon, Feminism, and British Culture: Challenging Cultural and Literary Conventions

by Mara E. Reisman

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Overview

Fay Weldon, Feminism, and British Culture: Challenging Cultural and Literary Conventions offers a critical analysis of British author Fay Weldon's major novels from 1967 to the present and addresses how Weldon's fiction engages with controversial moral, social, and political issues. This book provides an in-depth examination of the relationship between Weldon's fiction and the contemporary feminist, cultural, and literary movements in Britain. Representative works from each decade speak to the multiple controversies and challenges to convention in which Weldon and her books played key roles. Drawing on Weldon's personal history, fiction, and nonfiction as well as on historical, sociological, and literary documents, this book builds a cultural framework in which to understand Weldon's work and the critical response to it. It shows that although Weldon's battleground may change with the times, her ability and desire to provoke controversy remain constant as she continues to question and upset social, literary, and cultural conventions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498581264
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 10/15/2018
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.09(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Mara E. Reisman is associate professor of British literature and women's literature at Northern Arizona University.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapter 1: Feminism, Women’s Fiction, and The Fat Woman’s Joke
Chapter 2: Articulating the Concerns of Women’s Liberation
Chapter 3: Complicating a Feminist Reading of Fay Weldon’s Fiction
Chapter 4: Ethics and Morality: Fay Weldon as a Social Critic
Chapter 5: Fay Weldon’s Public Persona
Chapter 6: Art, Economics, and the Politics of Purity
Chapter 7: Challenging Narrative Truth
Conclusion
Bibliography
About the Author

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