In this light, Susan Sellers offers challenging new readings of a wide range of contemporary women's fiction, including works by A. S. Byatt, Angela Carter, Anne Rice, Michele Roberts, Emma Tennant and Fay Weldon. Topics explored include fairy tale as erotic fiction, new religious writing, vampires and gender-bending, mythic mothers, genre fiction, the still-persuasive paradigm of feminine beauty, and the radical potential of comedy.
|Publisher:||Macmillan Education UK|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Table of ContentsPreface.- Acknowledgements.- Contexts: Theories of Myth.- The Double-Voice of Laughter: Metamorphosing Monsters and Rescripting Female Desire in A.S. Byatt's 'The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye' and Fay Weldon's The Life and Loves of a She-Devil.- Re-creation in Other Love: Myth-Breaking and Myth-Making in Christine Crow's Miss X or the Wolf Woman and Helene Cixous' The Book of Promethea.- Becoming Gods and Umbilical Wordbows: The New Hagiography of Michele Roberts.- Unlimited Horror: Vampires, Sex-Slaves and Paragons of the Feminine in Anne Rice and Emma Tennant.- Bodies of Power: Beauty Myths in Tales by Marina Warner, Emma Donoghue, Sheri S. Tepper and Alice Thompson.- New Myths or Old?: Angela Carter's Mirrors and Mothers.- Conclusion.- Bibliography.- Index.
What People are Saying About This
'A highly interesting, well-informed book, which will be of particular usefulness in discussing contemporary vampire fiction by women.' - Dr Ann Heilmann, University of Wales, Swansea
'...this volume is for all collections and readers at all levels.' - Choice
'Susan Sellers has made a great contribution to the study of fairy tales and feminism.' - Jack Zipes, Professor of Scandinavian Studies, University of Minnesota