Gail Godwin Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Gail Godwin Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Gail Godwin’s novels (and her short fiction as well) all deal with several easily identifiable themes. First, and most often cited perhaps, is the theme of the modern woman, her dilemma in defining self and others in an era when the old frameworks and definitions have broken down, at least for the sort of women about whom Godwin writes. The conflict most often arises between the woman’s work, usually an artistic pursuit of some kind, and her desire for security, love, and connection, most often through a relationship with a man. The theme of the woman struggling for identity thus divides into two separate thematic strands: her identity as artist and her identity as lover.

Another recurring theme in Godwin’s work...

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