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Featured Review - The Medusa Gaze in Contemporary Women’s Fiction: Petrifying, Maternal and Redemptive

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This month we are delighted to share news of a new review published in Contemporary Women’s Writing, a journal devoted to critically assessing writing by women authors who have published from 1970 to the present day. It is a journal that seeks to highlight the new and provocative in women’s writing, and it is therefore entirely appropriate that they have reviewed Gillian Alban’s The Medusa Gaze in Contemporary Women’s Fiction: Petrifying, Maternal and Redemptive. Recently published in a new paperback edition, the book is a kaleidoscopic analysis of the different appearances of the figure of Medusa in historical and contemporary writing.

Written by Mine Özyurt Kiliç from the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, the conclusion of the review reads as follows:


"What makes the study exceptional is the passionate voice of a feminist scholar who wants to reach those outside academia. Apparently, with such an intention in mind, Alban often inserts quick explication of the complex theories and discussions she employs in her reading, as well as helpful yet sometimes digressive plot summaries. [...] At times, the writer’s focus shifts from a comprehensive study of a theme through various texts to an analysis of a single work; however, that each subsection starts and ends with a comparative outlook at the texts under discussion provides a consolidation of her intense writing. With the titans of the contemporary women’s writing in her cup, Alban not only offers a kaleidoscopic view of the Medusa figure but also gives her reader a kaleidoscope through which s/he can delve into the myriad ways s/he is constructed in this patriarchal culture."

– Mine Özyurt Kiliç, Department of Comparative Literature, Harvard University, Contemporary Women's Writing (2018)


Alban’s book is available until to purchase now directly from Cambridge Scholars. Please click here to see more, and to read a 30 page excerpt from the book including the table of contents.

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