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Agnes Owens: The Complete Short Stories

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Next came the short story collection People Like That, in 1996, which included the brief but astonishing biographical tale Marching to the Highlands and into the Unknown. In “The Silver Cup”, the father views “darkly any mission which necessitated [his wife’s] being gone from the house for more than an hour” ( CSS 146) and is not even content with confining her indoors.

For one of the implications of intersectionality is that in the patriarchal society Owens’s characters inhabit, women are de facto more victimized than men 4 . Toremans, Tom, Alasdair Gray and James Kelman, “An Interview with Alasdair Gray and James Kelman”, in Contemporary Literature , vol. A Working Mother' is a wildly entertaining cautionary tale: while Betty’s husband Adam broods and drinks (to be matched at times by Betty, just to be sociable) she flirts with their best friend Brendan and tries to avoid the roving hands of her new employer. Gray 9) – and that she does not consider herself as guiltless in this regard – it is interesting to note that she suggests that the “decent” thing to do in her position would be to support women’s rights.Her age, her unglamorous lifestyle and the non-ameliorative dimension of her fiction have been evoked to explain her lack of recognition.

Romanzo corale costituito da una serie di episodi tra loro connessi, l’opera narra le vicende di Mac, muratore ventiduenne che fatica a sbarcare il lunario nella Glasgow degli anni Ottanta. I’ve had it with journalists comparing the sunniness of my flowers with the darkness of my stories,” she said, rolling eyes that flashed with mischief.Her next two novels, A Working Mother (1994) and For the Love of Willie (1998) turn to women, blighted by life, as her protagonists.

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