A Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelists from Bronte to Lessing / Edition 1

A Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelists from Bronte to Lessing / Edition 1

by Elaine Showalter
     
 

When first published in 1977, A Literature of Their Own quickly set the stage for the creative explosion of feminist literary studies that transformed the field in the 1980s. Launching a major new area for literary investigation, the book uncovered the long but neglected tradition of women writers in England. A classic of feminist criticism, its impact

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When first published in 1977, A Literature of Their Own quickly set the stage for the creative explosion of feminist literary studies that transformed the field in the 1980s. Launching a major new area for literary investigation, the book uncovered the long but neglected tradition of women writers in England. A classic of feminist criticism, its impact continues to be felt today.

This revised and expanded edition contains a new introductory chapter surveying the book's reception and a new postscript chapter celebrating the legacy of feminism and feminist criticism in the efflorescence of contemporary British fiction by women.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691004761
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
851,132
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.95(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments to the Expanded Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Twenty Years On: A Literature of Their Own Revisited
IThe Female Tradition3
IIThe Feminine Novelists and the Will to Write37
IIIThe Double Critical Standard and the Feminine Novel73
IVFeminine Heroines: Charlotte Bronte and George Eliot100
VFeminine Heroes: The Woman's Man133
VISubverting the Feminine Novel: Sensationalism and Feminine Protest153
VIIThe Feminist Novelists182
VIIIWomen Writers and the Suffrage Movement216
IXThe Female Aesthetic240
XVirginia Woolf and the Flight into Androgyny263
XIBeyond the Female Aesthetic: Contemporary Women Novelists298
XIILaughing Medusa320
Index337

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