"Advancing Sisterhood? provocatively brings together theories from several intersecting fields—southern studies, women's studies, cultural studies."
—Suzanne Jones, University of Richmond
"Monteith's contemporary emphasis and her discussion of several books that have received scant treatment by other critics distinguish this volume. . . . Monteith says she selected novels 'for the different ways in which they structure cross-racial friendships, interactions, and misalliances, textually as well as thematically,' adding that 'the formal elements never exist in total isolation from wider sociopolitical determinations.' Strongly recommended for all academic libraries, upper-division undergraduate level and above."
Advancing Sisterhood? explores childhood female relationships in such works as Ellen Foster and Before Women Had Wings and considers recent ecocriticism and its role in charting the female southern landscape. Monteith also provides an in-depth examination of the archetypal friendship between white housewives and their black servants. Through these discussions, Advancing Sisterhood? demonstrates how contemporary white women writers have broadened their work to include friendships between women of diverse backgrounds and to influence literary expression.
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