Rereading Women: Thirty Years of Exploring Our Literary Traditions

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W. W. Norton & Company, May 2, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 380 pages
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A collection of essays that reexamine literature through a feminist gaze from "one of our most versatile and gifted writers" (Joyce Carol Oates).

"We think back through our mothers if we are women," wrote Virginia Woolf. In this groundbreaking series of essays, Sandra M. Gilbert explores how our literary mothers have influenced us in our writing and in life. She considers the effects of these literary mothers by examining her own history and the work of such luminaries as Charlotte Brontė, Emily Dickinson, and Sylvia Plath. In the course of the book, she charts her own development as a feminist, demonstrates ways of understanding the dynamics of gender and genre, and traces the redefinitions of maternity reflected in texts by authors such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning and George Eliot.

Throughout, Gilbert asks major questions about feminism in the twentieth century: Why and how did its ideas become so necessary to women in the sixties and seventies? What have those feminist concepts come to mean in the new century? And above all, how have our intellectual mothers shaped our thoughts today?
 

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Rereading Women: Thirty Years of Exploring Our Literary Traditions

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In this collection of essays, some new, but most previously published, noted feminist literary scholar Gilbert (English, emerita, Univ. of California, Davis; coauthor, with Susan Gubar, The Madwoman ... Read full review

REREADING WOMEN: Thirty Years of Exploring Our Literary Traditions

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Uneven but rewarding collection of essays by poet and pioneering feminist scholar Gilbert (Death's Door: Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve, 2006, etc.)."To reread is both to read again and to read ... Read full review

Contents

Thirty Years of Exploring Womens Literary
24
from the Volcano
43
The Education of Henrietta Adams
63
Reflections on a Feminist Discourse of Discourse
88
reading and rereading Womens Writing
97
The LifeWork of Sylvia Plath
114
Emily Dickinson and the Mysteries of Womanhood
134
On Frances Hodgson Burnetts The Secret Garden
187
Thoughts on a Little Homekeeping Person
198
Mother rites Maternity Matriarchy Creativity
209
Notes Toward a Literary Daughteronomy
243
Male Modernists and the Great Mother
274
Notes
345
Bibliography
365
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Sandra M. Gilbert has published numerous volumes of criticism as well as collections of poetry and a memoir. She is coeditor (with Susan Gubar) of The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women and a recipient of the National Book Critics Circle’s Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. A Distinguished Professor of English emerita at the University of California, Davis, she lives in Berkeley, California.

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