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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - August 2018

This month, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Clara Sarmento has chosen her ‘Recommended Read’: a book published in December of last year by Soňa Šnircová. Clara is currently the director of the Centre for Intercultural Studies of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, where she is a Full Professor with tenure, member of the Consulting Board, and director of the MA programs in Specialized Translation and Interpreting and in Intercultural Studies for Business. She is the author or editor of six books with Cambridge Scholars, including Popular and Visual Culture: Design, Circulation and Consumption (2014) and The Imagery of Writing in the Early Works of Paul Auster: From Stones to Books (2018).

We are offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Clara’s choice. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABAUG18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st September 2018.

Professor Clara Sarmento’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Girlhood in British Coming-of-Age Novels: The Bildungsroman Heroine Revisited

Author: Soňa Šnircová

The book discusses a selection of coming-of-age narratives that offer a revisiting of the classic Bildungsroman heroine – the young white middle-class woman – and present her developments in postwar and postmillennial British literature. It will be of interest to scholars and students in the fields of literary and girls’ studies, particularly those who want to see new trends and issues in young adult fiction in the context of a literary tradition.

Soňa Šnircová develops a remarkable, much needed and exciting overview of the literary representations of growth, under the perspective of gender, class, ethnicity, race and sexuality, as opposed to – and criticizing – the once exclusively masculine, white and middle-class idiosyncrasies that sustained trivial definitions of the Bildungsroman. The book discusses a selection of eight novels by female authors, published between 1949 and 2014, that shed light over three different periods of postwar British literature: the pre-second wave feminism, the decades dominated by feminist debate and the postfeminist turn-of-the-millennium ‘chick-lit’ period. Snircova employs close reading techniques to examine the heroines’ development in the framework of their individual coming-of-age stories, while paying attention to the influence of cultural and historical impulses. Admirably, Snircova sees the contemporary female coming of age novel as another genre that too often reflects the media-induced constructions of the female identity, echoing the same signs of utopian liberation and antifeminist backlash that have been identified in popular chick-lit, because the process of emancipation invariably depends on the girl’s ability to participate in masculine forms of power.

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