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'Time of Death': The end of the 1960s and the problem of feminist futurity in 'The Women's Room' and 'Vida'

Elliott, J.K. (2006) 'Time of Death': The end of the 1960s and the problem of feminist futurity in 'The Women's Room' and 'Vida'. Modern Fiction Studies, 52 (1). pp. 143-168. ISSN 0026-7724

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Abstract

This essay explores the way in which Marilyn French's The Women's Room and Marge Piercy's Vida work to imagine feminist futures despite a conviction of totalized domination that results in what the author terms static time.While debates regarding totalization have been considered primarily in terms of contemporary theory, this essay argues that such novels' relentless depictions of women's absolute oppression operated as a means of thinking through the post-1960s sense that "the System" had triumphed, demolishing revolutionary futurity. Feminist novels thus became a key arena for both the inscription of and the resistance to static time.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > English and Related Literature (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2009 12:52
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2009 12:52
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/mfs.2006.0023
Status: Published
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Identification Number: 10.1353/mfs.2006.0023
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7021

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