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Gender and Short Fiction

Women’s Tales in Contemporary Britain, 1st Edition

Edited by Jorge Sacido-Romero, Laura Lojo-Rodríguez

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328 pages

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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

Acknowledgements

List of Contributors

1 Introduction

JORGE SACIDO-ROMERO AND LAURA Mª LOJO-RODRÍGUEZ

PART I

Theorising Gender and Short Fiction

2 Genre and Gender in British Modern and Contemporary Short Fiction

A Meta-Critical Approach

ANNE BESNAULT-LEVITA

PART II

In Carter’s Wake

3 The Legacy of Angela Carter

Ethics and Authorial Performance in Contemporary Short Fiction by Women

MICHELLE RYAN-SAUTOUR

4 In the Company of Wolves

Women’s Fairy Tales after Carter

PAUL MARCH-RUSSELL

PART III

Body Politics

5 Tales of Femininity and Sexuality

Competing Discourses and the Negotiation of Feminisms Today

EMMA YOUNG

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

PART IV

Voicing Differently

8 (Un)gendering Voice and Affect in A.L. Kennedy’s Short Fiction

SYLVIA MIESZKOWSKI

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

JORGE SACIDO-ROMERO

11 Speaking from Border Country

Colour as Fluid Identity Factor in the Short Stories of Jackie Kay

BARBARA KORTE

PART V

Narrating Life

12 Stories Told and Untold

Re-Gendering the First World War through Centenary Narratives.

ISABEL CARRERA-SUÁREZ

13 Women’s Transcultural Experience in A.S. Byatt’s Short Stories

CARMEN LARA-RALLO

14 "Why Don’t You Have a Go at a Novel?"

Gender through Genre in Helen Simpson’s Stories

LAURA TORRES-ZÚÑIGA

PART VI

Latest News

15 New Voices in British Short Stories by Women

AILSA COX

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT003000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Feminist
LIT004120
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LIT004290
LITERARY CRITICISM / Women Authors
LIT018000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Short Stories