Rereading heterosexuality: Feminism, queer theory and contemporary fiction

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Abstract

Heterosexuality in contemporary novels, re-examined using the frameworks of feminism and queer theory. Drawing on feminist and queer theories of sex, gender and sexuality, this study focuses on female identities at odds with heterosexual norms. In particular, it explores narratives in which the conventional equation between heterosexuality, reproductive sexuality and female identity is questioned. Key Features: A timely exploration of the dynamic relationship between feminist and queer theory. Insightful close readings of acclaimed novels, including Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex, Zoë Heller's Notes on a Scandal, A. M. Homes' The End of Alice, Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, Alan Warner's Morvern Callar and Sarah Waters' Affinity. Topics range from spinsterhood and intergenerational sexuality to transgender and human cloning.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages168
ISBN (Electronic)9780748649280
ISBN (Print)9780748639557
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2012

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© Rachel Carroll, 2012. All rights reserved.

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