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The Girl

Constructions of the Girl in Contemporary Fiction by Women

Palgrave Macmillan


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About this book

No longer banished to the realms of the Victorian 'marriage or death' plots, girls in contemporary fiction embrace new freedoms while still struggling with plots centered on their bodies, societal limitations, and the price for freedom and escape. The Girl investigates the legacies of expectation, competing cultural ideologies, and multiplicities of growing up female at the end of the twentieth century as portrayed in contemporary fiction by women such as Toni Morrison, Jeanette Winterson, Jamaica Kincaid, and Joyce Carol Oates. The essayists show how new fictions of The Girl provide access to a constellation of themes and narrative patterns - including race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, female subjectivity, and nationalism - in new ways, while also continuing to envision girlhood in relation to such themes as love, separation from the mother, and maternal loss or overprotection.


  • essay
  • fiction
  • Narrative
  • space
  • Victorian era
  • women

About the authors

RUTH O. SAXTON is Professor of English and Dean of Letters at Mills College where she co-founded the Women's Studies Program. She is the co-editor of Woolf and Lessing: Breaking the Mold and has published essays on mothers and daughters, Doris Lessing, Anne Tyler, and Virginia Woolf.

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Hardcover Book USD 130.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)