Feminism 3: The Third Generation in Fiction


Feminism3 is a powerful multicultural collection of short stories by "third generation" Anglo, Latina, Asian, and Black feminists from all socioeconomic and religious heritages. This gathering of young authors covers most major issues in a young woman's life: awakening sexuality, biological and psychological landmarks, family rejection and rebellion, child abduction and abuse, gender identification, sexual harassment, and passionate romance. The broad-ranging and ever-changing theme of growing up female runs through this book like a multicolored thread. In this volume, one discovers the wonderful story "Selway" from Pam Houston's collection Cowboys Are My Weakness in which white-water rafting and love's mysteries rise to an overflowing crescendo; youthful innocence clashes with cynical experience in April Sinclair's excerpt from Coffee Will Make You Black; and Ann, Sarah Schulman's young female protagonist, looked down her body one fine morning to discover that in the night she had grown a penis! These are just a few of the predicaments in which the many women in this collection find themselves. The stories are rich, the writing is exquisite, and the diversity is wide. Feminism3 provides a lovingly deep look into the issues that face all young women in the process of growing up. By addressing in all its fullness the question "How does a young woman learn about the possible ways to be in this world?" it instructs in the natural evolution of feminism from its origins. It is a wonderful collection for general readers and scholars alike.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Edwidge Danticat
  • Lisa Harris
  • Susan Hawthorne
  • Pam Houston
  • Gish Jen
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boulder, CO
Publication year:
  • 1996


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