Fictional Feminism: How American Bestsellers Affect the Movement for Women's Equality, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Fictional Feminism

How American Bestsellers Affect the Movement for Women's Equality, 1st Edition

By Kim A. Loudermilk

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236 pages

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Description

This book focuses on the ways in which second-wave feminism has been represented in American popular culture, and on the effects that these representations have had on feminism as a political movement. Kim Loudermilk provides close readings of four best-selling novels and their film adaptations. According to Loudermilk, each of these novels contains explicitly feminist characters and themes, yet each presents a curiously ambivalent picture of feminism; these texts at once take feminism seriously and subtly undercut its most central tenets. This book argues that these texts create a kind of "fictional feminism" that recuperates feminism's radical potential, thereby lessening the threat it presents to the status quo.

About the Author

Kim A. Loudermilk is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Planning at Emory University.

About the Series

Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT003000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Feminist
LIT004020
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General