Communication and Women's Friendships: Parallels and Intersections in Literature and Life
Today, women need once again to develop the bonds of "sisterhood" which can provide the support which our families, our "significant other" relationships, and our social institutions have left void. One important way of doing this is to turn to examples of literary friendships. Eleven original essays offer a variety of perspectives on the changing ways in which women's friendships have been viewed. The contributors discuss the fundamental values of women's friendships and communication in order to understand the many parallels and intersections between literature and life. This anthology suggests that women's friendships are to be greatly valued - indeed treasured - as significant parts of women's lives. Discussion is divided into four overlapping sections. The inherent intimacy of diaries, journals, and letters can affect the fiction which women authors write. Additionally, women's friendships are important images in canonical nineteenth- and twentieth-century novels by women. Beginning in the eighteenth century, the role of female friendships took on political overtones, as the chapters in the third section discuss. Lastly, female friendship is depicted in novels and stories from non-Anglo cultures. By looking at various types of friendships and by examining how they either lapse or develop into strong relationships, we may better understand ourselves and our own relationships. Communication and Women's Friendships is directed towards literary scholars, social critics, and anyone interested in the ways in which forms of discourse enhance friendships between women.
Bowling Green State University Popular Press
Bowling Green, OH
communication, women authors, literature, friendship
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Ward, J. D., & Mink, J. S. (Eds.). (1993). Communication and women's friendships: Parallels and intersections in literature and life. Bowling Green State University Popular Press.