The Female Malady: Women, Madness, and English Culture, 1830-1980

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Penguin Books, 1987 - History - 310 pages
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User Review  - Donna - Goodreads

This was engaging and a very enjoyable read that certainly left me with food for thought. I read it in preparation for a class and I'm definitely going to be following up on this topic and likely ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jack - Goodreads

Showalter's book certainly stands out as an important elaboration on the work of Foucault. She builds sturdy arguments on a topic that, at the time of her writing, was crucially groundbreaking. But ... Read full review

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The Rise of the Victorian Madwoman
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Managing Women s Minds
74
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In 1977, Showalter published A Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelists from Bronte to Lessing. It was one of the most influential works in feminist criticism, as it sought to establish a distinctive tradition for women writers. In later essays, Showalter helped to develop a clearly articulated feminist theory with two major branches: the special study of works by women and the study of all literature from a feminist perspective. In all of her recent writing, Showalter has sought to illuminate a "cultural model of female writing," distinguishable from male models and theories. Her role as editor bringing together key contemporary feminist criticism has been extremely influential on modern literary study.

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