Fictional Feminism: How American Bestsellers Affect the Movement for Women's Equality (Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory) (Paperback)

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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.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780415803458
ISBN-10: 0415803454
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: June 16th, 2009
Pages: 228
Language: English
Series: Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory