Popular Feminist Fiction as American Allegory: Representing National Time

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Palgrave Macmillan, May 15, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 225 pages
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Offering a strikingly original treatment of feminist literature, Popular Feminist Fiction as American Allegory argues that feminist novels served as a means of narrating and negotiating the perceived decline of American progress after the 1960s. Elliott analyzes popular tropes ranging from the white middle class housewife trapped in endless domestic labor to the woman of color haunted by a traumatic past--exploring the way in which feminist narratives represented women as unable to access positive futures. In a powerful new reading of temporality in contemporary fiction, Elliott posits that feminismís image of women trapped in time operated as a potent allegory for the apparent breakdown of futurity in postmodernity.

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Jane Elliott is Lecturer in the Department of English and Related Literature, University of York

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