Two Irelands

Author: Rebecca Pelan
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
ISBN: 9780815630593
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In this compelling work, Rebecca Pelan analyzes religion, region, class, and national and ethnic identity as crucial contexts in shaping feminist consciousness in the two Irelands, and compares the divergence of feminist perspectives to be found North and South of the border. The very different histories of the North and South are reflected in their literature. While women in the Republic of Ireland have tended to write about social issues--"sexism, crime, unemployment, and domestic violence--"women in Northern Ireland focused on their society's historical tension and primarily nationalist and unionist politics. However, Pelan maintains that feminist ideology has provided contemporary Irish women with an alternate political stance that incorporates gender and nationality/ethnicity and allows them to move beyond the usual binaries of politics, history, and language--"Irish and English. In an analysis enriched by a sophisticated but accessible engagement with contemporary feminist and gender theory, Pelan concludes that Irish women's writing, whether at the community or mainstream level--"North or South--"consistently articulates political issues of direct relevance to the lives for Irish women today. As a result, such work retains close links with the initial impetus of the second wave of feminism as a political movement and questions the legitimacy of long-standing social, religious, and political conventions. From within the framework provided by this second wave, argues Pelan, Irish women can critique certain masculine ideologies--"nationalist, unionist, imperialist, and capitalist--"without forfeiting their own sense of gender and national or ethnic identity. The book's significancelies in its placement of women's writing in the center of contemporary political discourse in Ireland and in ensuring that the writing from this period--"much of it long out of print--"continues to exist as sociological as well as literary records. It will be of interest to a general and scholarly audience, especially those in the fields of contemporary Irish writing, feminism, and literary history.

Alice in Thunderland

Author: Maeve Kelly
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781855940819
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A riotous journey by Alice through the strange land of Thunderland, which is ruled by a species called the memblies. There are femblies too, of course. . . Alice in Thunderland is a hilarious feminist fairytale, a satirical look at male-dominated society, cocking a snook at the apparent logic of the structures that underpin our lives.

Feminist Fairy Tales

Author: Barbara G. Walker
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062288350
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Prominent feminist author Barbara Walker has revamped, retold, and infused with life some of your favorite classic fairy tales. No longer are women submissive, helpless creatures in need of redemption through the princely male! Instead they are vibrantly alive, strong women who take fate into their own hands.

Why Fairy Tales Stick

Author: Jack Zipes
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135204349
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In his latest book, fairy tales expert Jack Zipes explores the question of why some fairy tales "work" and others don't, why the fairy tale is uniquely capable of getting under the skin of culture and staying there. Why, in other words, fairy tales "stick." Long an advocate of the fairy tale as a serious genre with wide social and cultural ramifications, Jack Zipes here makes his strongest case for the idea of the fairy tale not just as a collection of stories for children but a profoundly important genre. Why Fairy Tales Stick contains two chapters on the history and theory of the genre, followed by case studies of famous tales (including Cinderella, Snow White, and Bluebeard), followed by a summary chapter on the problematic nature of traditional storytelling in the twenty-first century.

Thunderland

Author: Brandon Massey
Publisher: Dafina Books
ISBN: 9780758202475
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Surviving a tragic accident, teenager Jason Brooks awakes to find that his life has changed for the better when his mother stops drinking, his father attempts to mend the family, and he begins making friends, but danger is lurking. Reprint.

Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister

Author: Gregory Maguire
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061762598
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Is this new land a place where magics really happen? From Gregory Maguire, the acclaimed author of Wicked, comes his much-anticipated second novel, a brilliant and provocative retelling of the timeless Cinderella tale. In the lives of children, pumpkins can turn into coaches, mice and rats into human beings.... When we grow up, we learn that it's far more common for human beings to turn into rats.... We all have heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave among the ashes. But what of her stepsisters, the homely pair exiled into ignominy by the fame of their lovely sibling? What fate befell those untouched by beauty . . . and what curses accompanied Cinderella's exquisite looks? Extreme beauty is an affliction Set against the rich backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister tells the story of Iris, an unlikely heroine who finds herself swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to a strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition. Iris's path quickly becomes intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally beautiful girl destined to become her sister. Clara was the prettiest child, but was her life the prettiest tale? While Clara retreats to the cinders of the family hearth, burning all memories of her past, Iris seeks out the shadowy secrets of her new household--and the treacherous truth of her former life. God and Satan snarling at each other like dogs.... Imps and fairy godmotbers trying to undo each other's work. How we try to pin the world between opposite extremes! Far more than a mere fairy-tale, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister is a novel of beauty and betrayal, illusion and understanding, reminding us that deception can be unearthed--and love unveiled--in the most unexpected of places.