In this Book
- Fictions of Authority: Women Writers and Narrative Voice
- Published by: Cornell University Press
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Drawing on narratological and feminist theory, Susan Sniader Lanser explores patterns of narration in a wide range of novels by women of England, France, and the United States from the 1740s to the present. She sheds light on the history of "voice" as a narrative strategy and as a means of attaining social power. She considers the dynamics in personal voice in authors such as Mary Shelley, Charlotte Brontë, Zora Neale Hurston, and Jamaica Kincaid. In writers who attempt a "communal voice"—including Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Gaskell, Joan Chase, and Monique Wittig—she finds innovative strategies that challenge the conventions of Western narrative.
Table of Contents
- pp. vii-viii
- pp. ix-x
- Part I. Authorial Voice
- Part II. Personal Voice
- 9. Romantic Voice: The Hero's Text
- pp. 155-175
- Part III. Communal Voice
- 15. Full Circle: Les Guérillères
- pp. 267-280
- pp. 281-287