Are American women writers from different eras and different backgrounds connected by common threads in a coherent tradition? How have the relationships between women's rights, women's rites, and women's writing figured in the history of literature by women in the United States?
Drawing on a wide range of writers from Margaret Fuller to Alice Walker, Elaine Showalter argues that post-colonial as well as feminist literary theory can help us understand the hybrid, intertextual, and changing forms of American women's writing, and the way that `women's culture' intersects with other cultural forms. Showalter looks closely at three American classics - Little Women, The Awakening, and The House of Mirth - and traces the transformations in such major themes, images, and
genres of American women's writing as the American Miranda, the Female Gothic, and the patchwork quilt. Ending with a moving description of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, she shows how the women's tradition is a literary quilt that offers a new map of a changing America.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 396 g
Dimensions: 223 x 140 x 17 mm
`Once again she has uncovered an extraordinary range of little-known writing, and little-known shades to those better known.'
New Statesman & Society
`The revaluation of the Gothic genre has been one of the few genuine achievements of feminist criticism and Elaine Showalter lays out a fascinating summary of psychoanalytical interpretations'
Tony Dunn, Tribune
`Elaine Showalter lays out a fascinating summary of psychoanalytical interpretations.'
'Showalter's ultimate response to the question that begins her book is a resounding yes. The path to that conclusion is an enriching and graifying one,'
Navina Krishna Hooker. university of St Andrews. Review of English Studies