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ERIC Number: ED202000
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Woman's Quest in Contemporary Fiction.
Semeiks, Jonna Gormely
Depending primarily on Joseph Campbell's treatment of the quest or hero myth, this paper provides analyses of recent women's fiction in terms of contemporary women's quests for personal identity and freedom. Following discussions of a proposed definition of myth, its connotations, and its use as a literary device and as a tool for critical analysis, the paper applies mythic interpretations to recent women's fiction by Doris Lessing, Marilyn French, Lisa Alther, Alix Kates Shulman, and Margaret Atwood. The depth and the limitations of using the monomyth to interpret women's fiction are outlined, with the concluding section of the paper examining the myth of Demeter and Persephone both as a unifying perspective and as a goal of feminist literary expression. (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A