Comic visions, female voices: contemporary women novelists by Barbara Bennett

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I'm not lying. 9 Although the protagonists in these novels are very differentone is a soon-to-be orphan from an abusive home; one is a pampered middle-class girl on her way to a nervous breakdown; and one is a Kentucky girl who escapes her southern heritage by moving west to Arizonathe tone in the novels is remarkably similar. After reading the complete novels and listening to the 9. Jill McCorkle, The Cheer Leader (1984; rpr. Chapel Hill, 1992), 1; Kaye Gibbons, Ellen Foster (1987; New York, 1990), 1; Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees (1988; rpr.

Regina Barreca continues to write and edit books on women and humor, including They Used to Call Me Snow White, which explores the differences between male and female humor. " Phoeby breathed out heavily, "Ah done growed ten feet higher from jus' listenin' tuh you, Janie" ZORA NEALE HURSTON, Their Eyes Were Watching God In the South we are not used to woman's speaking. MARY JOHNSTON, IN THE Atlantic Monthly, 1910 How women see themselves has changed dramatically during the postmodern era. With expectations from family and society changing, most women have had to redefine who they are and what roles they play in a still male-dominated society.

1 Allison's final phrase is perhaps the most unexpected, coming from a writer who deals with such unpleasant subjects as child abuse. Yet "funny" is an adjective that describes Allison as well as many other contemporary southern women writers, although the humor in these writers' works has long been overlooked and underappreciated, especially in the traditionally maledominated literary world. To be fair, literary humor in generalin male or female authorshas not received its deserved critical attention, even though, as Louis D.

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