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Sylvia Plath's Fiction

A Critical Study

Luke Ferretter

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This is the first study devoted to Sylvia Plath's fiction. Plath wrote fiction throughout her life, in a wide variety of genres, including women's magazine romances, New Yorker stories, comedy, social criticism, autobiography, teenage fiction and science fiction. She wrote novels before and after The Bell Jar. Discussing all these novels and stories, and based on research in the three major archives of her work, this book is the complete study of Plath's fiction. The author analyses her influences as a fiction writer, the relationships between her poetry and fiction, the political views she expresses in her fiction, and devotes two chapters to the central concern of her novels and stories, the roles of women in contemporary society.

Contents

1. 'Woolfish, Alas, But Tough': Influences
2. 'Hellishly Funny Stuff': Plath's Comic Voices
3. 'Between My Private Crisis and the Huge Crisis': Feminist Politics in the Cold War

4. 'How to Be a Woman': Gender and Society in the 1950s
5. 'An Increasing Market for Mental Hospital Stuff': The Culture of Therapy
6. Doing It So It Feels Real: Plath's Postmodern Fiction
7. Plath Myths: The Cultural History of The Bell Jar.

About the Author

Luke Ferretter is Assistant Professor of Twentieth-Century British and American Literature at Baylor University. He is the author of two books on critical theory, and of several articles on twentieth century literature and theory, including essays on Sylvia Plath, D.H. Lawrence, Jacques Derrida and Julia Kristeva. He serves on the editorial board of the journal Plath Profiles.

Reviews

'With tenacity and clear-eyed scholarly authority, Luke Ferretter has gone into the archive and emerged with a systematic sourcebook for readers of Sylvia Plath's fiction...Adeptly drawing on and adding to the body of recent criticism that has enlarged our sense of the scope and complexity of Plath's creativity, this is a very valuable book.'


Langdon Hammer, Professor of English and American Studies, Yale University


 


'Just as the unabridged Journals reveal Sylvia Plath’s ferocious drive and dedication to the written word, Sylvia Plath’s Fiction: A Critical Study documents her struggle during the repressive 1950s to find the biting, sardonic prose voice of The Bell Jar. Luke Ferretter brilliantly traces Plath’s apprenticeship from the age of thirteen to thirty, uncovering many unpublished short stories along the way in American archives. Every scholar of Sylvia Plath needs to read Luke Ferretter’s ground-breaking work, the first serious examination of the riveting prose voice of one of the 20th century’s most electrifying poets.'


Karen V. Kukil, Associate Curator of Special Collections, Smith College

- Langdon Hammer, Yale University; Karen V. Kukil, Smith College
Just as the unabridged Journals reveal Sylvia Plath's ferocious drive and dedication to the written word, Sylvia Plath's Fiction: A Critical Study documents her struggle during the repressive 1950s to find the biting, sardonic prose voice of The Bell Jar. Luke Ferretter brilliantly traces Plath's apprenticeship from the age of thirteen to thirty, uncovering many unpublished short stories along the way in American archives. Every scholar of Sylvia Plath needs to read Luke Ferretter's ground- breaking work, the first serious examination of the riveting prose voice of one of the 20th century's most electrifying poets.
- Karen V. Kukil, Associate Curator of Special Collections, Smith College
With tenacity and clear-eyed scholarly authority, Luke Ferretter has gone into the archive and emerged with a systematic sourcebook for readers of Sylvia Plath's fiction… Adeptly drawing on and adding to the body of recent criticism that has enlarged our sense of the scope and complexity of Plath's creativity, this is a very valuable book.
- Langdon Hammer, Professor of English and American Studies, Yale University