Dervin, Dan

Matricentric Narratives Recent British Women's Fiction in a Postmodern Mode
1997 0-7734-8644-5
Three chapters explore representative works of British women authors from the 1950's to the present. Further chapters trace how women's writing is historically produced, through social conditions and economic forces, as matricentric works and material culture interact; how various feminist criticisms problematize the matricentric and vice versa; a positive psychoanalytic discourse on female development confirms the centrality of matrix in women's writing and demonstrates the relative degrees of agency in their works. Writers examined also include lesser-known (in the US) authors Maureen Duffy, Wendy Perriam, Pat Barker, Elizabeth North, and Sara Maitland. An Appendix includes a conversation with Margaret Drabble.