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Demanding Spaces: 1970s U.S. Women's Novels As Sites Of Struggle, Kate Marantz Nov 2017

Demanding Spaces: 1970s U.S. Women's Novels As Sites Of Struggle, Kate Marantz

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This dissertation offers a new view of 1970s gender and race politics in the United States by analyzing struggles in and over space in four women’s novels: Joan Didion’s Play It As It Lays (1970), Toni Morrison’s Sula (1973), Alice Walker’s Meridian (1976), and Marilyn French’s The Women’s Room (1977). My project reads space as a dynamic, politically charged realm of interactions between lived bodies, physical landscapes, and imaginative territories—including the formal characteristics of fiction. Using this critical lens, I highlight how these authors interrogate conditions of sexism and racism by representing their ...