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Introduction When a small feminist press published Rita Mae Brown's Rubyfruit Jungle inthe novel sold 70, copies despite being almost completely ignored by reviewers at major magazines and periodicals. In the book was reissued by Bantam Books and went on to sell over one million copies.
Rubyfruit Jungle chronicles the life of a young woman named Molly Bolt. Starting with her childhood in Pennsylvania, the book follows her adolescence in Florida and her later adventures in New York. Her relationships with other women are also a major source of focus and conflict in the novel.
Many of the events and characters in the book draw from Brown's own early years. Rubyfruit Jungle fits into the tradition of the picaresque novel, which typically follows the adventures of a socially or financially marginalized protagonist, such as Huck Finn in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The book is unique within the picaresque tradition in that both the protagonist and the author are female.
She attended the University of Florida, but was expelled for her participation in a civil rights rally. In the late s, Brown turned her attention to politics. She became interested in several feminist and lesbian rights groups. In she was instrumental in forming the Furies, a lesbian and feminist group.
Also she founded and edited the feminist research journal Quest. In she published a book of poetry, The Hand That Cradles the Rock, and a translation of works from the original Latin, Hrotsvitra: Her first published novel was entitled Rubyfruit Jungle.
Turned down by major presses and agents, the book was finally published by a small feminist press and later purchased by Bantam Books for a wider release. Selling well in its limited first edition, the book went on to sell more than one million copies. It is widely regarded as the first popular novel with a lesbian protagonist.
In the years following Rubyfruit Jungle, Brown has published eleven novels, two collections of poetry, a book of essays, and a writer's instruction manual.
She had also written seven mysteries with feline protagonists, co-credited to her cat, Sneaky Pie Brown. Brown has worked in both film and television. She wrote the screenplay for the horror film Slumber Party Massacre, and provided the voice-over narration for Before Stonewalla documentary about the gay and lesbian rights movement.
An industrious girl, she thinks up a moneymaking scheme with Brockhurst Detwiler, a school friend. As the only uncircumcised child in the area, Molly charges nickels to look at Brockhurst's pe-nis—and dimes to touch it. When another student tells a teacher, her mother finds out.
Irate, her mother informs her that she is adopted and illegitimate. Shortly after this incident, Molly's Aunt Jenna goes into the hospital to deliver a baby. It lives for only two days and a few weeks later, Jenna dies of cancer. Molly has her first sexual experience in sixth grade with another girl, Leota Bisland.
The family moves to Florida. Florida In the second section, Molly details her school years in Florida. She struggles to fit in, yet realizes that she is different from her classmates. She has her first heterosexual experience with her cousin Leroy, who tells her about his own passive homosexual experiences.
She enters high school and begins to hang out with a more select, popular clique. After spotting her principal with a teacher in an adulterous meeting, Molly secures financial backing for her successful run at student body presidency.
She has a sexual affair with a female classmate, Carolyn, one of her two best friends. After Carolyn becomes jealous of the time Molly spends with her other best friend, Connie, and accuses Molly of sleeping with her, Molly reveals the affair to Connie.
Connie has a strongly homophobic reaction, and Carolyn reacts badly, denying that she is a lesbian. She points out her own feminine traits and Molly's masculine ones. After high school, Molly attends the University of Florida.Toward a Historical Typology of the Novel”, its own development history as a distinct category, form, type, or subgenre of the novelistic genre, which is in itself a long, complex, and interesting process of rise and consolidation of a literary pattern, tradition, and literary system.
Rubyfruit Jungle fits into the tradition of the picaresque novel, which typically follows the adventures of a socially or financially marginalized protagonist, such as Huck Finn in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ().
The book is unique within the picaresque tradition in that both the protagonist and the author are female. experiment with picaresque poetics on the level of discourse; hence the variety in narrative structures.
His interest encompasses the idea of the picaresque and its effect in the imagination of the individual, i.e., with the effect of literature on life. Cervantes' picaresque texts offer commentary on the nature of authors, readers, and protagonists.
Like the concept of the picaresque itself, the role of the international picaresque in the development of prose fiction must be studied in parallel with different national traditions that addressed similar concerns and responded to the same early modern stimuli. The fate of the picaresque after the eighteenth century is subject to controversy, but there is no doubt that its influence and presence diminished.
Like the concept of the picaresque itself, the role of the international picaresque in the development of prose fiction must be studied in parallel with different national traditions that addressed.
Picaresque novel: Picaresque novel, early form of novel, usually a first-person narrative, relating the adventures of a rogue or lowborn adventurer (Spanish pícaro) as he drifts from place to place and from one social milieu to another in his effort to survive.
In its episodic structure the picaresque novel.