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Extra resources for Breaking Boundaries: New Perspectives on Women's Regional Writing
S. women writers. S. women's regional writing has adopted. S. history, regional writing has been a way for women to write about their unique experiences and to critique hegemonic concepts. Over the decades, women's regional literature has dealt with recurring issues that are of particular interest to women, such as the relationship of the local community with the larger society, the interpersonal relationships of community members, and the position of women both within the community and in larger society.
That is what lies at the heart of this collection of essays about American women's regional writing from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. All the writers, in one fashion or another, seek to question and explore what regionalism means. Many of them are interested in expanding the definition of regionalism to include formerly marginalized texts and authors. Others show how regional fiction, rather than being a conservative genre, as some have argued, is actually a genre that offers a forum for social protest.
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