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

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When first published in 1977, Elaine Showalter's 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 generation of students, scholars, readers, and writers have since benefited from the twenty years of rediscovery and appreciation that A Literature of Their Own instigated. This revised ...
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Overview

When first published in 1977, Elaine Showalter's 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 generation of students, scholars, readers, and writers have since benefited from the twenty years of rediscovery and appreciation that A Literature of Their Own instigated. This revised and expanded edition contains a new introductory chapter surveying the book's reception as well as a new postscript chapter celebrating the legacy of feminism and feminist criticism in the efflorescence of contemporary British fiction by women.
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Editorial Reviews

Erica Jong
Ought to be required reading for anyone who cares about women or the history of the novel. [This book] is a rare thing: a book of literary criticism that illuminates our lives. —The Los Angeles Times Book Review
Erica Jong
Ought to be required reading for anyone who cares about women or the history of the novel. [This book] is a rare thing: a book of literary criticism that illuminates our lives.
The Los Angeles Times Book Review
The New York Times Book Review
A Literature of Their Own places the women novelists everyone has heard of ... in a new setting, considering them in relation to their relatively unknown female contemporaries. The resulting shift of perspective generates fresh social and literary understanding.
— Patricia Meyer Spacks
The Los Angeles Times Book Review
Ought to be required reading for anyone who cares about women or the history of the novel. [This book] is a rare thing: a book of literary criticism that illuminates our lives.
— Erica Jong
The Times Higher Education Supplement
This book is absolutely and immediately essential reading.... It will remain for a very long time a book to refer to again and again for both information and ideas.
— John Goode
The New York Times Book Review - Patricia Meyer Spacks
A Literature of Their Own places the women novelists everyone has heard of ... in a new setting, considering them in relation to their relatively unknown female contemporaries. The resulting shift of perspective generates fresh social and literary understanding.
The Los Angeles Times Book Review - Erica Jong
Ought to be required reading for anyone who cares about women or the history of the novel. [This book] is a rare thing: a book of literary criticism that illuminates our lives.
The Times Higher Education Supplement - John Goode
This book is absolutely and immediately essential reading.... It will remain for a very long time a book to refer to again and again for both information and ideas.
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"A Literature of Their Own places the women novelists everyone has heard of ... in a new setting, considering them in relation to their relatively unknown female contemporaries. The resulting shift of perspective generates fresh social and literary understanding."--Patricia Meyer Spacks, The New York Times Book Review

"Ought to be required reading for anyone who cares about women or the history of the novel. [This book] is a rare thing: a book of literary criticism that illuminates our lives."--Erica Jong, The Los Angeles Times Book Review

"This book is absolutely and immediately essential reading.... It will remain for a very long time a book to refer to again and again for both information and ideas."--John Goode, The Times Higher Education Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691013435
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1978
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments to the Expanded Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Twenty Years On: A Literature of Their Own Revisited
I The Female Tradition 3
II The Feminine Novelists and the Will to Write 37
III The Double Critical Standard and the Feminine Novel 73
IV Feminine Heroines: Charlotte Bronte and George Eliot 100
V Feminine Heroes: The Woman's Man 133
VI Subverting the Feminine Novel: Sensationalism and Feminine Protest 153
VII The Feminist Novelists 182
VIII Women Writers and the Suffrage Movement 216
IX The Female Aesthetic 240
X Virginia Woolf and the Flight into Androgyny 263
XI Beyond the Female Aesthetic: Contemporary Women Novelists 298
XII Laughing Medusa 320
Index 337
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