Elizabeth Fox-Genovese

Download PDF PDF Page Citation Cite Share Link Share

Last Updated on June 7, 2022, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 215

[Susan Cheever in Looking for Work] has the stylistic control and cheek of the trendiest New York magazines. And, leaning towards the surface brilliance and plush familiarity of high-budget films (one thinks of An Unmarried Woman ), she paints the cheery saga of a spoiled, upper-middle-class brat who marries...

(The entire section contains 215 words.)

See This Study Guide Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this study guide. You'll also get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access

[Susan Cheever in Looking for Work] has the stylistic control and cheek of the trendiest New York magazines. And, leaning towards the surface brilliance and plush familiarity of high-budget films (one thinks of An Unmarried Woman), she paints the cheery saga of a spoiled, upper-middle-class brat who marries the wrong guy (no class, ethnic, or major psychological complications here, just the first guy you marry on your way into the world), has an affair, and finally gets ready for a steady job—which, of course, she finds. There is no indication that the "work" of the title is to be taken with the seriousness a Gail Godwin takes it. Cheever's heroine goes to Newsweek to work on the intellectual assembly line. But she mingles with the right people (whom, because of her parents, she knew or could have known all along) and goes to a lot of nifty parties. She has simply learned that she no longer requires a man to foot the bills. Class does have its advantages.

Looking for Work may provide an ominously correct sign of where our female literary culture is going. (p. 215)

Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, "The New Female Literary Culture," in The Antioch Review (copyright © 1980 by the Antioch Review Inc.; reprinted by permission of the Editors), Vol. 38, No. 2, Spring, 1980, pp. 193-217.∗

Illustration of PDF document

Download Susan Cheever Study Guide

Subscribe Now
Previous

Eric Goldstein

Next

Cheryl Rivers