From the Hearth to the Open Road: A Feminist Study of Aging in Contemporary Literature


This literary critical book deals exclusively with contemporary fiction by women on the subject of aging. It discusses the emergence of a new fictional genre--the novel of ripening or Reifungsroman. The book contains an extensive bibliography of 20th-century popular periodical articles on aging (Canadian, American, and British), literary critical articles on aging in the fiction of Doris Lessing, Alice Adams, Paule Marshall, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Pym, May Sarton, and Margaret Laurence, as well a general literary critical works on these authors, and some general (nonliterary) studies of aging, such as Simone de Beavoir's The Coming Age.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1990


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