In their new monograph, Gender and Short Fiction: Women’s Tales in Contemporary Britain, Jorge Sacido-Romero and Laura Mª Lojo-Rodríguez explain why artistically ambitious women writers continue turning to the short story, a genre that has not yet attained the degree of literary prestige and social recognition the novel has had in the modern period. In this timely volume, the editors endorse the view that the genre still retains its potential as a vehicle for the expression of female experience alternative to and/or critical with dominant patriarchal ideology present at the very onset of the development of the modern British short story at the turn of the nineteenth century.
Table of Contents
List of Contributors
JORGE SACIDO-ROMERO AND LAURA Mª LOJO-RODRÍGUEZ
Theorising Gender and Short Fiction
2 Genre and Gender in British Modern and Contemporary Short Fiction
A Meta-Critical Approach
In Carter’s Wake
3 The Legacy of Angela Carter
Ethics and Authorial Performance in Contemporary Short Fiction by Women
4 In the Company of Wolves
Women’s Fairy Tales after Carter
5 Tales of Femininity and Sexuality
Competing Discourses and the Negotiation of Feminisms Today
6 Genealogies of Women
Discourses on Mothering and Motherhood in the Short Fiction of Michèle Roberts
LAURA Mª LOJO-RODRÍGUEZ
7 "Oh Yes, Women Get Erect"
Dismantling Sexual Standards in Jeanette Winterson’s Short Fiction
ISABEL MARÍA ANDRÉS-CUEVAS
8 (Un)gendering Voice and Affect in A.L. Kennedy’s Short Fiction
9 What’s in an Echo?
Voice, Gender and Genre in Ali Smith’s Short Stories
MARÍA CASADO VILLANUEVA
10 In a Different Voice
Janice Galloway’s Short Stories
11 Speaking from Border Country
Colour as Fluid Identity Factor in the Short Stories of Jackie Kay
12 Stories Told and Untold
Re-Gendering the First World War through Centenary Narratives.
13 Women’s Transcultural Experience in A.S. Byatt’s Short Stories
14 "Why Don’t You Have a Go at a Novel?"
Gender through Genre in Helen Simpson’s Stories
15 New Voices in British Short Stories by Women
Jorge Sacido-Romero is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), where he teaches English literature. His most recent publications on the short story include Modernism and Postmodernism in the English (Rodopi, 2012), ‘Ghostly Visitations’ in Atlantis 2016 and ‘Liminality in Janice Galloway’s Short Fiction’ ZAA (2018).
Laura Mª Lojo-Rodríguez is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), where she teaches English literature and Gender Studies Her most recent publications on the short story include "Magic Realism and Experimental Fiction: From Virginia Woolf to Jeanette Winterson" in The Oxford Handbook to Virginia Woolf (OUP; forthcoming 2018) and "Monica Ali’s Alentejo Blue: Tourists at a Cultural Crossroads", Miscelánea 2018.