Recurring concepts in novels about women’s solidarity

As I finish up my final term studying abroad at Oxford, questions and concepts that arose during my tutorials here are serving as important starting points for my research. I had the opportunity to create my tutorials this term, and I asked for one on “Female Friendships in Late 20th-century Literature,” thinking ahead to my…
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Introduction to Fighting Against the Backlash: Women’s Solidarity in Contemporary Fiction

For my thesis, I will study how contemporary women’s fiction – namely The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – presents women’s solidarity as a response and possible solution to “backlash” against women. “Backlash” refers to the anti-women policies and rhetoric of ’80s America that still may be in play today. According to…
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