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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Feminist Bestseller

From Sex and the Single Girlto Sex and the City

ISBN 9781403911216
Publication Date November 2005
Formats Hardcover Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Imelda Whelehan provides an overview of popular women's writing from the late 1960s to the present, looking at how key feminist texts such as The Women's Room, Kinflicks and Fear of Flying have influenced popular contemporary fiction such as Bridget Jones' Diary and Sex and the City. Whelehan reconsiders the links between the politics of feminist thought, action and writing and creative writing over the past 30 years and suggests that even so-called 'post feminist' writing owes an enormous debt to feminism's second wave.

IMELDA WHELEHAN is Professor of English and Women's Studies at De Montfort University, UK. She is the author of a number of undergraduate texts including Modern Feminist Thought, Fifty Key Concepts in Gender Studies and Reading Bridget Jones' Diary.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Sex and the Single Girl
Burnt Offerings: The Emergence of Radical Feminism
Mad Housewives
Women's Spaces: Marilyn French, Erica Jong and Marge Piercy
Flying: Erica Jong and Lisa Alther
Forbidden Fruit: Sexuality
Crashing of the Superwoman: the 1980s
Where Have all the Feminists Gone?: The Anxiety of Affluence
Hooray for the Singletons!
Urban Sex
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index.

Reviews

An interesting and useful addition to the field.' - Merja Makinen, Principal Lecturer in English Literary Studies, Middlesex University, UK
'The strengths of this book are its range and its breezy and accessible conversational manner.' - Mia Carter, Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin, USA
'The Feminist Bestseller provides a thought-provoking commentary on how young women respond to their history and the types of representation of themselves they choose.' - Antonia Byatt, THES
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