Writing Women's Literary History

Writing Women's Literary History

by Margaret J. M. Ezell
     
 

"This engaging, revisionary book questions current notions of feminist literary historyincluding approaches to Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own and contributes significantly to new understandings of seventeenth- century women's writing. It is especially timely because feminism is in a particularly self-reflexive mood at the moment, and Ezell's approach is

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"This engaging, revisionary book questions current notions of feminist literary historyincluding approaches to Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own and contributes significantly to new understandings of seventeenth- century women's writing. It is especially timely because feminism is in a particularly self-reflexive mood at the moment, and Ezell's approach is original in its attention to the early period." — Felicity Nussbaum, Syracuse University

By championing the recovery of "lost" women writers and insisting on reevaluating the past, women's studies and feminist theory have effected dramatic changes in the ways English literary history is written and taught. In Writing Women's Literary History, Margaret Ezell critically examines these successful women's literary histories and applies to them the same self-conscious feminism that critics have applied to more traditional methods. According to Ezell, by relying not only on past male scholarship but also on inherited notions of "tradition," some feminist historicists replicate the evolutionary, narrative model of history that originally marginalized women who wrote before 1700. Drawing both on French feminisms and on recent historicist scholarship, Ezell points us to new possibilities for the recovery of early modern women's literary history.

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Ezell, (English, Texas A&M U.) argues that the recovery and interpretation of women's literary works is being conducted within the framework of values and assumptions established by male scholarship. The inherited notions of "tradition" and "progress" that marginalized women writers before 1700 must be recognized and replaced with feminist models. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801844324
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1992
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.27(w) x 9.28(h) x 0.89(d)

Meet the Author

Margaret J. M. Ezell is a professor of English at Texas A & M University. She is the author of The Patriarch's Wife: Literary Evidence and the History of the Family and editor of The Poems and Prose of Mary, Lady Chudleigh.

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