Category: Women Writers

  • Fixing Patriarchy: Feminism and Mid-Victorian Male Novelists by Donald E. Hall

    By Donald E. Hall

    Fixing Patriarchy: Feminism and Mid-Victorian Male Novelists explores representations of huge girls in mid-Victorian literature, tracing frightened male responses to the feminist circulation of the period. It argues that Victorian patriarchy was once a fluid thought and set of practices during which Victorian males tried unsuccessfully to mend gender definitions and their very own positions of strength. In Victorian novels written via males, the thorough instability of latest conceptions of either masculinity and femininity is printed, as a complete society struggled with new varieties of self-awareness and new threats to standard social buildings and platforms of belief.

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  • Eighteenth-Century Women Poets and Their Poetry: Inventing by Paula R. Backscheider

    By Paula R. Backscheider

    This significant learn bargains a wide view of the writing and careers of eighteenth-century girls poets, casting new gentle at the ways that poetry used to be learn and loved, on altering poetic tastes in British tradition, and at the improvement of many significant poetic genres and traditions. instead of offering a chronological survey, Paula R. Backscheider explores the varieties within which girls wrote and the makes use of to which they placed these kinds. contemplating greater than 40 girls with regards to canonical male writers of an analogous period, she concludes that girls wrote in the entire genres that males did yet frequently tailored, revised, or even created new poetic types from conventional forms.Backscheider demonstrates that wisdom of those women's poetry is critical for a correct and nuanced literary background. inside chapters on vital canonical and renowned verse kinds, she provides specific awareness to such themes as women's use of non secular poetry to specific candid rules approximately patriarchy and rape; the continued evolution and critical position of the supposedly antiquarian style of the friendship poetry; same-sex hope in elegy by means of ladies in addition to through males; and the prestige of Charlotte Smith as a key determine of the lengthy eighteenth century, not just as a Romantic-era poet. (Spring 2007)
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  • Debating the Roman de la rose: A Critical Anthology by Christine McWebb

    By Christine McWebb

    Around the 12 months 1400, the poet Christine de Pizan initiated a public debate in France over the literary "truth" and advantage of the Roman of the Rose, maybe the main popular paintings of the French center a long time. She argued opposed to what she thought of to be misrepresentations of woman advantage and vice within the Rose. Her daring objections aroused the aid and competition of a few of the period’s most renowned intellectuals, striking Jean Gerson, whose sermons at the topic are vital literary records. "The Quarrel of the Rose" is the identify given by means of glossy students to the gathering of those and different records, together with either poetry and letters, that supply a brilliant account of this crucial controversy.

    As the 1st dual-language model of the "Quarrel" files, this quantity can be of serious curiosity to medievalists and an awesome addition to the Routledge Medieval Texts sequence. besides translations of the particular debate epistles, the amount comprises numerous proper passages from the Romance of the Rose, in addition to a chronology of occasions and abundant biography of resource fabrics.

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  • Home Matters: Longing and Belonging, Nostalgia and Mourning by R. Rubenstein

    By R. Rubenstein

    Regardless of its commonly regressive institutions with homesickness, the longing linked to nostalgia can also functionality gradually as a automobile for imaginatively 'fixing' the previous in senses: securing and mending or repairing. contemplating fiction by way of British and 6 American ladies writers of other generations and ethnicities, this examine explores tensions among domestic and exile, insider and outsider, longing and belonging, loss and restoration. Rubenstein argues that nostalgia services narratively as a technique for interrogating not just notions of domestic, homesickness, and place of birth but additionally cultural ancient dislocation, getting older, and ethical accountability. those narratives re-frame an important locus of outrage in modern (female) adventure: own and/or cultural dis-placement and eager for domestic are finally transmuted - imaginatively, no less than - via a restorative imaginative and prescient that permits therapeutic and emotional fix.
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  • The Extinct Scene: Late Modernism and Everyday Life by Thomas S. Davis

    By Thomas S. Davis

    In 1935, the English author Stephen Spender wrote that the historic pressures of his period should still "turn the reader's and writer's recognition outwards from himself to the world." Combining old, formalist, and archival techniques, Thomas S. Davis examines overdue modernism's decisive flip towards way of life, finding within the heightened scrutiny of info, textures, and reports an intimate try to conceptualize geopolitical disorder.

    The Extinct Scene reads a number mid-century texts, motion pictures, and phenomena that replicate the decline of the British Empire and seismic shifts within the international political order. Davis follows the increase of documentary movie tradition and the British Documentary movie stream, specifically the paintings of John Grierson, Humphrey Jennings, and Basil Wright. He then considers the effect of overdue modernist periodical tradition on social attitudes and customs, and offers unique analyses of novels via Virginia Woolf, Christopher Isherwood, and Colin MacInnes; the interwar trip narratives of W. H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood, and George Orwell; the wartime gothic fiction of Elizabeth Bowen; the poetry of H. D.; the sketches of Henry Moore; and the postimperial Anglophone Caribbean works of Vic Reid, Sam Selvon, and George Lamming. via contemplating this staff of writers and artists, Davis recasts past due modernism as an paintings of scale: by means of detailing the details of lifestyle, those figures may possibly greater undertaking large-scale geopolitical occasions and crises.

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  • Autobiography and other writings by Mother Anne of St. Bartholomew; Donahue, Darcy; Mother Anne

    By Mother Anne of St. Bartholomew; Donahue, Darcy; Mother Anne of St. Bartholomew

    Ana de San Bartolomé (1549–1626), a modern and shut affiliate of St. Teresa of Ávila, typifies the curious mix of spiritual activism and non secular forcefulness that characterised the 1st iteration of Discalced, or reformed Carmelites. identified for his or her austerity and ethics, their convents fast unfold all through Spain and, lower than Ana’s counsel, additionally to France and the Low nations. consistently embroiled in disputes along with her male superiors, Ana quick grew to become the main vocal and visual of those mystical girls and the main fearless of the guardians of the Carmelite structure, specially after Teresa’s death.

    Her autobiography, in actual fact inseparable from her non secular vocation, expresses the tensions and conflicts that frequently observed the lives of ladies whose dating to the divine endowed them with an expert at odds with the transitority powers of church and kingdom. final translated into English in 1916, Ana’s writings provide glossy readers attention-grabbing insights into the character of monastic existence in the course of the hugely charged non secular and political weather of late-sixteenth- and early-seventeenth-century Spain.
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  • Challenging Boundaries: Gender and Periodization by Joyce W. Warren, Margaret Dickie

    By Joyce W. Warren, Margaret Dickie

    What if the yank literary canon have been increased to always signify ladies writers, who don't continually healthy simply into genres and classes tested at the foundation of men's writings? How might the learn of yank literature reap the benefits of this long-needed revision? This well timed choice of essays through fourteen ladies writers breaks new flooring in American literary learn. now not content material to rediscover and awkwardly "fit" girl writers into the "white male" scheme of anthologies and school classes, editors Margaret Dickie and Joyce W. Warren query the present obstacles of literary classes, advocating a revised literary canon. The essays give some thought to quite a lot of American girls writers, together with Mary Rowlandson, Margaret Fuller, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Emily Dickinson, Frances Harper, Edith Wharton, Gertrude Stein, Amy Lowell and Adrienne wealthy, discussing how the current category of those writers by way of classes impacts our studying in their work.

    Beyond the point of interest of feminist demanding situations to American literary periodization, this quantity additionally reports problems with a necessity for literary reforms contemplating modifications in race, ethnicity, category, and sexuality. The essays are worthy and informative as person severe stories of particular writers and their works. Challenging Boundaries provides clever, unique, well-written, and useful arguments in aid of long-awaited adjustments in American literary scholarship and is a milestone of feminist literary study.

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