Anxious affinities: gender and dereliction in Sarah Waters's neo-forties novels

Gildersleeve, Jessica (2016) Anxious affinities: gender and dereliction in Sarah Waters's neo-forties novels. In: Sarah Waters and contemporary feminisms. Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., Basingstoke, United Kingdom, pp. 81-96. ISBN 978-1-137-50607-8


Waters’s recent novels , The Night Watch and The Little Stranger, express unease about a return to the social strictures of the past – a pre-war moment – and the consequent destruction of female agency in the present. The affinity between women’s writing of the 1940s and Waters’s neo-forties fiction is thus best described as a concern about the possibility of social regression, in which the rights of ‘marginalised’ groups are increasingly limited or questioned in a conservative political landscape.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2017 00:01
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2017 00:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sarah Waters, neo-forties, Irigaray, dereliction
Fields of Research : 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2005 Literary Studies > 200503 British and Irish Literature
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture

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