Download PDF by Susan Sellers: Myth and Fairy Tale in Contemporary Women's Fiction

By Susan Sellers

girl as gorgon, lady as temptress: the classical and biblical mythology which has ruled Western pondering defines ladies in numerous patriarchally encoded roles. This research addresses the dazzling endurance of legendary effect in modern fiction. commencing with the query 'what is myth?', the 1st part presents a wide-ranging overview of mythography. It strains how myths were perceived and interpreted by way of such commentators as Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Bruno Bettelheim, Roland Barthes, Jack Zipes and Marina Warner. This ends up in an exam of the position that mythic narrative performs in social and self formation, drawing at the literary, feminist and psychoanalytic theories of Julia Kristeva, Luce Irigaray, Helene Cixous and Judith Butler to delineate the ways that women's mythos can go beyond the constraints of emblems and provides upward push to powerful new versions for person and cultural regeneration.
In this gentle, Susan deals demanding new readings of a variety of modern women's fiction, together with works by way of A. S. Byatt, Angela Carter, Anne Rice, Michele Roberts, Emma Tennant and Fay Weldon. themes explored contain fairy story as erotic fiction, new non secular writing, vampires and gender-bending, mythic moms, style fiction, the still-persuasive paradigm of female good looks, and the unconventional strength of comedy.

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