Fictional Feminism: How American Bestsellers Affect the Movement for Women's Equality

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Routledge, 2004 - Literary Criticism - 226 pages
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This book focuses on the ways in which second-wave feminism has been represented in American popular culture, and on the effects that these representations have had on feminism as a political movement. Kim Loudermilk provides close readings of four best-selling novels and their film adaptations. According to Loudermilk, each of these novels contains explicitly feminist characters and themes, yet each presents a curiously ambivalent picture of feminism; these texts at once take feminism seriously and subtly undercut its most central tenets. This book argues that these texts create a kind of "fictional feminism" that recuperates feminism's radical potential, thereby lessening the threat it presents to the status quo.

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Kim A. Loudermilk is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Planning at Emory University.

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