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Feminism’s Family Drama: Female Genealogies, Feminist Historiography, and Kate Walbert’s A Short History of Women

Muller, N (2016) Feminism’s Family Drama: Female Genealogies, Feminist Historiography, and Kate Walbert’s A Short History of Women. Feminist Theory: an international interdisciplinary journal, 18 (2). ISSN 1741-2773

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Abstract

This article considers Kate Walbert’s A Short History of Women (2009), whose fragmented narrative is preoccupied with the continuities and fissures in the history of feminism and with the changes in women’s lived experiences that have shaped its developments from the nineteenth to the present. By exploring feminist history through female genealogy, Walbert’s historiographic metafiction illustrates the perils and potentials of the generational methods that have predominated feminist historiography in recent decades. By thus engaging in feminism’s family drama, the novel provides a self-conscious illustration of feminist genealogies as simultaneously fruitful and fraught, limiting and liberating, and yet inescapable and useful.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1699 Other Studies In Human Society, 2002 Cultural Studies, 2203 Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: Humanities and Social Science
Publisher: SAGE
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Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2015 10:39
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2017 09:24
DOI or Identification number: 10.1177/1464700116683655
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1308

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