"Women on the Edge of Time" Analytical Essay by experts

"Women on the Edge of Time"
A look at this controversial book by Marge Piercy about how a feminist copes with everyday issues and her confrontations with a time traveler.
# 6037 | 1,500 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2001 | US
Published on Feb 09, 2003 in English (Analysis) , Women Studies (General) , Literature (General)

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"Woman on the Edge of Time" is a complex novel often characterized as a feminist utopian science fiction in which Marge Piercy tackles an assortment of issues that concern her. This paper looks at how these issues are addressed in the novel and how feminist agendas could possibly not be that different in 150 years time.

From the Paper:

"First published in 1976, Woman on the Edge of Time is a classic amongst fans of feminist utopian fiction. The novel gives us vivid multiple pictures of lives lived in that present time and of possible futures, 150 years hence. A rich book, which can be interpreted on many different levels. Consuelo Ramos is a Chicano woman in her mid-thirties, Connie has, all through her life, contended both poverty and drug abuse together with the restrictions inborn in the stereotypes of her race and sex. While grief-stricken over the death of her good friend and lover, Claud, Connie slips into a phase of drug abuse and is detained and placed in a mental institution for maltreatment of her young daughter. Although Connie is treated in this institution and considered healed she never reclaims custody of her child, nor is she able to get work due to her history as a mental patient. Years afterwards she is put back into an institution for a different violent act when, while trying to defend her niece from an abusive boyfriend, she hits him with a bottle and ends up breaking his nose."

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