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ERIC Number: ED146586
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 11
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Feminist Short Fiction: New Forms and Styles.
Dean, Nancy
This paper examines the stylistic changes that have occurred since 1850 in short fiction written by women. A shift is noted from the sentimental, romantic, "pretty" writing of the past to today's more realistic writing, with its characteristically vivid imagery. Discussion defines the term "feminist fiction" and shows how today's women writers are using traditional short-story themes and structures that, directly or indirectly, express feminist values. For example, many women writers now employ a writing strategy that stresses reader recognition of situations imposed upon women instead of a strategy of character illumination, in which the story development allows a character to discover her own situation. Examples of the realism and imagery used by contemporary women writers are included. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the 1976 Annual Meeting of the Modern Language Association