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American Literature Readings in the 21st Century

Vigilante Women in Contemporary American Fiction

Authors: Graham-Bertolini, A.

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Graham-Bertolini provides the first analysis of vigilante women in contemporary American fiction. She develops a dynamic model of vigilante heroines using literary and feminist theory and applies it to important texts to broaden our understanding of how law and culture infringe upon women's rights.

About the authors

ALISON GRAHAM-BERTOLINI has a Ph.D. in English Literature from Louisiana State University and a Master's degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. Her writing and research focus on issues in contemporary American Literature, Ethnic Literature, and Women's Studies. She has recently published articles in the Journal of Feminist Media Studies, The Southern Quarterly, and the edited collection American Writers: Transnationalisms and Diasporas.

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"Graham-Bertolini opens up valuable discussions about individual responses to gender oppression. She explores the power of language and symbolism; means of working towards gender quality through transformations in gender roles and identities; and the necessity of working outside existing structures (such as legal systems) as a critique of oppression inflicted by those systems." - Kristine Rabberman, Director, Programs in the Humanities and Social Sciences and Instructor in Gender Studies, College of Liberal and Professional Studies, University of Pennsylvania

"Graham-Bertolini has charted a new galaxy of fiery stars in the firmament of women's literature. Her presentation of heroines who challenge, subvert or even kill patriarchal figures to achieve justice and identity willstartle, inform, and inspire readers from many fields." - John Lowe, Robert Penn Warren Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Department of English, Louisiana State University

"Full of drama, color, romance, vitality, the long arm of the law, and the righting of wrongs - what more could anyone want? Vigilante Women in Contemporary American Fiction entertains and inspires, makes you laugh and makes you think and makes you fume. This book is magnificent, even if you're not (for the moment) feeling like you need a hit of revenge. Enjoy!" - Emily Toth, Professor of English and Women's Studies, Louisiana State University and author of Ms. Mentor's Impeccable Advice for Women in Academia


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Graham-Bertolini, Alison

    Pages 1-16

  • Great Vengeance and Furious Anger: The Female Avenger

    Graham-Bertolini, Alison

    Pages 17-53

  • Women Warriors and Women with Weapons

    Graham-Bertolini, Alison

    Pages 55-91

  • The Woman Who Snaps, The Woman Who Kills

    Graham-Bertolini, Alison

    Pages 93-127

  • The Female Bandit/Outlaw

    Graham-Bertolini, Alison

    Pages 129-161

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Vigilante Women in Contemporary American Fiction
Authors
Series Title
American Literature Readings in the 21st Century
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-33930-9
DOI
10.1057/9780230339309
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-11090-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-29347-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 193
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