Feminist Narrative and the Supernatural: The Function of Fantastic Devices in Seven Recent Novels

Feminist Narrative and the Supernatural: The Function of Fantastic Devices in Seven Recent Novels

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786436156
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/18/2008
Series: Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy , #11
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Katherine J. Weese is an English professor at Hampden-Sydney College. Her articles on the fantastic and feminist fiction have appeared in Journal of Narrative Theory, Modern Fiction Studies, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts and Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Acknowledgments xi

Preface 1

Introduction: Theories of the Fantastic and Feminist Narrative Theory—An Intersection 5



PART I. GOTHIC FICTIONS AND THE FANTASTIC

1. The Novel Weapon: Gender and Genre in Iris Murdoch’s The Sea, the Sea 31

2. From “The Lady of Shalott” to “Lady Lazarus”: Margaret Atwood’s Lady Oracle 48



PART II. GHOSTLY NARRATORS AND NARRATIVE VOICE

3. Narration from Beyond the Grave in Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping 71

4. The “Invisible” Woman: Narrative Strategies in Carol Shields’s The Stone Diaries 87



PART III. THE HISTORICAL NOVEL AND THE FANTASTIC

5. “The Eyes in the Trees”: Transculturation and Magic Realism in Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible 109

6. Telling Beloved’s Story 125

7. The Gospel According to Consolata: Alternative Christianities and Toni Morrison’s Paradise 146



Chapter Notes 175

Bibliography 203

Index 217

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