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Palgrave Studies in Contemporary Women’s Writing

Contemporary Women’s Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Authors: Watkins, Susan

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  • Examines how contemporary women novelists have successfully transformed and rewritten the conventions of post-apocalyptic fiction
  •  Argues that their fiction is distinctive
  • Covers a wide variety of writers
  • Addresses issues of nationality, race, and ethnicity, as well as gender and sexuality
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About this book

This book examines how contemporary women novelists have successfully transformed and rewritten the conventions of post-apocalyptic fiction. Since the dawn of the new millennium, there has been an outpouring of writing that depicts the end of the world as we know it, and women writers are no exception to this trend. However, the book argues that their fiction is distinctive. Contemporary women’s work in this genre avoids conservatism, a nostalgic mourning for the past, and the focus on restoring what has been lost, aspects key to much male authored apocalyptic fiction. Instead, contemporary women writers show readers the ways in which patriarchy and neo-colonialism are intrinsically implicated in the disasters they envision, and offer qualified hope for a new beginning for society, culture and literature after an imagined apocalyptic event. Exploring science, nature and matter, the posthuman body, the maternal imaginary, time, narrative and history, literature and the word, and the post-secular, the book covers a wide variety of writers and addresses issues of nationality, race and ethnicity, as well as gender and sexuality.

About the authors

Susan Watkins is a Professor of Women’s Writing at Leeds Beckett University. Her key publications include Twentieth-Century Women Novelists: Feminist Theory into Practice (2001), Doris Lessing (2010) and (as co-editor) Scandalous Fictions: The Twentieth-Century Novel in the Public Sphere (2006), Doris Lessing: Border Crossings (2009) and The History of British Women’s Writing Vol 9: 1945–1975 (2017).

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“Contemporary Women’s Post-Apocalyptic Fiction is a rich new resource for scholars interested in the ever-expanding corpus of twenty-first-century apocalyptic literature. … Watkins has produced a significant contribution to scholarship on post-apocalyptic literature, one that will greatly benefit scholars of the field moving forward.” (Heather Hicks, Contemporary Women’s Writing, February 23, 2021)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $109.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-48650-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $149.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-48649-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Contemporary Women’s Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Contemporary Women’s Writing
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Limited, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-48650-9
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-48650-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-48649-3
Series ISSN
2523-8140
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 220
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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