The End of the Novel of Love by Vivian Gornick

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In these essays Vivian Gornick examines a century of novels in which authors have portrayed women who challenge the desire to be swept away by passion. She concludes that love as a metaphor for the making of literature is no longer apt for today's writers, such has the nature of love and romance and marriage changed. Taking the works of authors such as Willa Cather, Jean Rhys, Christina Stead, Grace Paley and Hannah Arendt, Gornick sets out to show how novels have increasingly questioned the inevitability of love and marriage as the path to self-knowledge and fulfilment.

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Vivian Gornick, "one of the most vital and indispensable essayists of our cultural moment" (Phillip Lopate), has been widely acclaimed for her two books of memoir, Fierce Attachments and Approaching Eye Level. She lives in New York City.
Published September 18, 1997 by Beacon Press. 165 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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But the traditional scenario of love and marriage in the age of divorce and contraception ``cannot provide insight, it can only repeat a view of things that today feels sadly tired and without the power to make one see anew.'' Gornick's subtle ear and mind illuminate works by Paley, Willa Cather,...

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It has been the burden above all of modern women, the response to which has included several waves of feminism and a line of great novels: Wuthering Heights, Daniel Deronda, The Portrait of a Lady, The House of Mirth, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Women in Love, To the Lighthouse, Th...

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