These nineteen essays introduce the rich and until now largely unexplored tradition of women’s experimental fiction in the twentieth century. The writers discussed here range from Gertrude Stein to Christine Brooke-Rose and include, among others, Virginia Woolf, Jean Rhys, Jane Bowles, Marguerite Young, Eva Figes, Joyce Carol Oates, and Marguerite Duras. “Friedman and Fuchs demonstrate the breadth of their research, first in their introduction to the volume, in which they outline the history of the reception of women’s experimental fiction, and analyze and categorize the work not only of the writers to whom essays are devoted but of a number of others, too; and second in an extensive and wonderfully useful bibliography.” — Emma Kafalenos, The International Fiction Review “After an introduction that is practically itself a monograph, eighteen essayists (too many of them distinguished to allow an equitable sampling) take up three generations of post-modernists.” — American Literature “The editors see this volume as part of the continuing feminist project of the `recovery and foregrounding of women writers.’ Friedman and Fuchs’s substantive introduction excellently synthesizes the issues presented in the rest of the volume.” — Patrick D. Murphy, Studies in the Humanities
Originally published in 1989.
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