Famous Last Words: Changes in Gender and Narrative Closure

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Alison Booth, Professor of English Alison Booth
University of Virginia Press, 1993 - 393 страница

Famous Last Words traces a broad historical transition- from the 1840s to the 1980s- from the more rigid dichotomy of the Victorian novel, in which good women must marry and fallen women die, to the more open alternatives of twentieth-century fiction, which sometimes permit the independent female protagonist to survive and occasionally allow alternative constructions of gender as well as plot.

Each essay treats a narrative- novel, novella, or novel poem- by a single author in light of conventions of closure and of gender in historical context. The contributors recover forgotten texts, revise our understanding of women writers once successful, but now somewhat marginalized, and give voice to cultural "others." Works by the already canonized George Eliot are reassessed, and the representation of women in the canonical novels of male writers William Thackeray and Henry James is explored.

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PART
4
LISA JADWIN
35
HERBERT F TUCKER
62
SHARON DAVIE
86
ALISON BOOTH
110
KRUEGER
135
BONNIE ZIMMERMAN
154
PETERSON
177
Reading the Museum
199
SHARI BENSTOCK
230
ANN ARDIS
259
Reading the Endings in Katherine Anne Porters
280
CAROLINE RODY
300
PETER J RABINOWITZ
326
KNOEPFLMACHER
347
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Alison Booth is Associate Professor of English at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Greatness Engendered: George Eliot and Virginia Woolf.

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