Rereading Women: Thirty Years of Exploring Our Literary Traditions
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 TraditionsUser Review - Stacy Russo - Book Verdict
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 TraditionsUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
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
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