Fictions of Authority: Women Writers and Narrative Voice (Paperback)

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Fictions of Authority: Women Writers and Narrative Voice (Paperback)

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Drawing on narratological and feminist theory, Susan Sniader Lanser explores patterns of narration in a wide range of novels by women of England, France, and the United States from the 1740s to the present. She sheds light on the history of "voice" as a narrative strategy and as a means of attaining social power. She considers the dynamics in personal voice in authors such as Mary Shelley, Charlotte Bront , Zora Neale Hurston, and Jamaica Kincaid. In writers who attempt a "communal voice"?including Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Gaskell, Joan Chase, and Monique Wittig?she finds innovative strategies that challenge the conventions of Western narrative.

Susan Sniader Lanser is Professor Emerita of English, Women?s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Comparative Literature at Brandeis University. She is the author of The Narrative Act: Point of View in Prose Fiction and The Sexuality of History: Modernity and the Sapphic 1565?1830.
Product Details ISBN: 9781501728013
ISBN-10: 1501728016
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication Date: August 15th, 2018
Pages: 304
Language: English