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Contemporary Feminism and Women's Short Stories$
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Emma Young

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474427739

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474427739.001.0001

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Marriage and Domesticity

Marriage and Domesticity

(p.69) Chapter 3 Marriage and Domesticity
Contemporary Feminism and Women's Short Stories

Emma Young

Edinburgh University Press

Through reading these contemporary narratives this chapter considers how marriage and domesticity signal the enduring relevance of personal politics in the contemporary era. Beginning with ‘Historical Issues’, which focuses on narratives of marriage and domesticity that invoke the past, the analysis raises questions about the momentary nature of the short story and its ability to engage with history as well as the significance of intertextuality. The subsequent discussion moves on to consider how narratives challenge the notion of ‘marital bliss’, the repercussions of unmarried status for women, and, through ‘Red Sari’, how issues of cultural difference impact on the politics of marriage. ‘Domestic Duty’ foregrounds the gendered politics of domesticity and how this is shaped by, while shaping, feminist politics, before the final section focus on ethnicity and ageing, and how the traditional domestic landscape (as conceived in Western heteropatriarchal terms) is unsettled by the presence of these discourses; thus facilitating a deliberation as to what this means for contemporary feminisms.

Keywords:   Historical fiction, Ageing, Ethnicity, Matrimony

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