The themes, forms, and styles currently employed by women in writing fiction are remarkably various. What seems to unite them, though, is a radical questioning of tradition and a desire to find new and different territory. The contributors to this volume explore the way women are frequently going beyond realism, using fantasy, fairytale, utopia, and humour in fiction as subersive strategies to question dominant modes of thought. They also explore the way women have been attempting to re-imagine their relationship to history and to their racial and sexual identity. What emerges from the collection is less a set of conclusions than a number of questions about both the reading and writing of fiction, as the contributors continually engage with the openness of fictional form and its relationship to change and women's lives.