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Contemporary woman novelists are inclined to painting the connection among girls and the kingdom as profoundly adverse, unlike a number of structures in present feminist thought. Martine Watson Brownley analyzes novels by way of Margaret Atwood, Paule Marshall, Nadine Gordimer, and Margaret Drabble to discover the importance of this disparity. The booklet makes use of literary research to focus on parts of country strength that many feminist theorists at present occlude, starting from women's nonetheless minimum entry to kingdom politics to the terrifying violence exercised by way of glossy states. even as, although, feminist idea clarifies significant parts in lots of modern women's lives approximately which the novels are ambivalent or deceptive, similar to romantic love and the function of sexuality in nation politics. Deferrals of area fills a double hole, either authorial and topical, in present severe remedies of ladies writers and should be of curiosity to either literary and women's reviews scholars.

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0 0 0 Under prevailing protocols for much current feminist (and increasingly also literary) criticism, well before now I should have situated myself and my politics at length, up to and including a mini-autobiography. However, in my opinion one contribution that analyses of literary works might make to understanding the relationships between women and the state is to dilute and displace some of the autobiographical excess that has come to mark contemporary criticism. The resulting generic distancing could be salutary.

60 One limitation of this study for which I offer no apology is its focus mainly on middle-class women, both in terms of the characters in the novels and the novelists themselves. The whole question of the relationship of middle-class women to feminist activism needs some perspective. Juliet Mitchell long ago noted that "It is far too crude to claim in an unqualified way that the Women's Liberation Movement is middle-class, but this is always done" (VVE 36; cf. "Reflections" 47). Those in positions to know the facts dispute such claims.

It is primarily to maintain this distinction that all four women so strongly differentiate art and propaganda. Firmly, even fiercely, they maintain the distinction between art and polemic. In interviews Gordimer again and again contrasts the novelist with the preacher, the politician, the reporter, and the journalist, but above all, she separates novelists from propagandists. 76 Atwood voices exactly the same sentiments. She emphasizes that "Writers, as writers, are not propagandists or examples of social trends or preachers or politicians": "The aim of propaganda is to convince, and to spur people to action; the aim of writing is to create a plausible and moving imaginative world" (Second 203).

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