Fiction by Women: Voicing the Unspoken
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Any consideration of 'women's fiction' should begin with the disputability of the category. Cynthia Ozick's short story 'Virility' mocks the idea that there is a recognizable woman's voice, taking it to be a male chauvinist critical construction used to marginalize and trivialize women who write. Joyce Carol Oates in (Woman) Writer proclaims that 'a woman who writes is a writer by her own definition; but she is a woman writer by others' definitions'. 1 Yet to some feminists it is the denial of a specific woman's voice in fiction that is seen as chauvinist marginalization, reducing storytellers who are women to mere adjuncts of a male defined and dominated literary canon. In fact, although the highly diverse individual voices of American women writers are reducible to no single measure, their recurrent themes and techniques reflect psychological and political dilemmas specific to contemporary American women. These writers spiritually witness routine social brutality, tell stories about and for those previously left out of the literary and social text, make claims for the powerless, and reveal the courage and resourcefulness of people generally believed to be unimportant and unheroic. Especially, they respond to a male American fixation on untrammelled individualism with the reminder that the freedom of the self is empty without relationship and responsibility. Women writers are concerned with what one needs to be free Jar rather than if.