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Clever Girls and the Literature of Women's Upward Mobility

Authors: Eagleton, Mary

  • Is concerned with an issue of central importance – culturally, socially and politically
  • Uses an historical scope from post-war to the present
  • Engages with significant authors, both well-established and the less-known
  • Examines a wide range of texts – fiction, drama and memoirs
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This book follows the figure of ‘the clever girl’ from the post-war to the present and focuses on the fiction, plays and memoirs of contemporary British women writers. Spurred on by an ethic of meritocracy, the clever girl is now facing austerity and declining social mobility. Though suggesting optimism, a public discourse of ‘opportunity’, ‘aspiration’ and ‘choice’ is often experienced as an anxious and chancy process. In a wide-ranging study, the book explores the struggle to move away from home and traditional notions of femininity; the persistent problems associated with women’s embodiment; the pressures of class and racial divisions; the new subjectivities of the neoliberal era; and the generational conflict underpinning austerity. The book ends with a consideration of feminism’s place as a phantom presence in this history of clever girls. This study will appeal to readers of contemporary women’s writing and to those interested in what has been one of the dominant social narratives of the post-war period from upward to declining mobility. 

About the authors

Mary Eagleton was, formerly, Professor of Contemporary Women’s Writing at Leeds Beckett University, UK.  She has published widely on contemporary women authors, feminist literary theory and feminist literary history. Publications include Figuring the Woman Author in Contemporary Fiction (2005), Feminist Literary Theory: A Reader (3rd revised edition, 2011) and, with Emma Parker, The History of British Women’s Writing, 1970 – the Present (2015).

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eBook £62.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-71961-0
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £79.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-71960-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Clever Girls and the Literature of Women's Upward Mobility
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-71961-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-71961-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-71960-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 208
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