The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination

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Yale University Press, Jul 11, 2000 - History - 719 pages
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An analysis of Victorial women writers, this pathbreaking book of feminist literary criticism is now reissued with a substantial new introduction by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar that reveals the origins of their revolutionary realization in the 1970s that "the personal was the political, the sexual was the textual."

"The classic argument for a women's literary tradition."--Scott Heller, Chronicle of Higher Education

"The authors force us to take a new look at the grandes dames of English literature, and the result is that they will never seem quite the same again."--Le Anne Schreiber, New York Times Book Review

"Imperative reading."--Carolyn G. Heilbrun, Washington Post Book World

"A masterpiece."--Carolyn See, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"The Madwoman in the Attic, The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century, originally published in 1979, has long since become a classic, one of the most important works of literary criticism of the 20th century. This new edition contains an introduction titled 'The Madwoman in the Academy' that is, quite simply, a delight to read, warmly witty, provocative, informative and illuminating."--Joyce Carol Oates, Princeton University

"A groundbreaking study of women writers. . . . The book brought the concerns of feminism to the study of female writers and presented the case for the existence of a distinctly feminine imagination."--Martin Arnold, The New York Times

"The authors are brilliant academics but they wear their erudition lightly. It remains imperative reading for those who want to understand better the grandes dames of English literature, and is still one of the most powerful pieces of writing from a feminist point of view. Argumentative, polemical, witty and thought-provoking, this is a book which will make the reader return to the original texts." --Yorkshire Post (Leeds)

"A feminist classic and still one of the best books on the female Victorian writers."--Judith Shulevitz, New York Times Book Review
 

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This is must-reading for anyone who loves to read serious literature. My copy is dog-eared and marked up; I use it for reference and short reading, as it reads for me more like a text-book than a page ... Read full review

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Feminist revisionist study of major female 19th Century authors: Jane Austin, Mary Shelley, Emily Bronte, Charlotte Bronte, George Elliot, and Emily Dickinson. A genuinely major work of literary ... Read full review

Contents

Jane Austens Tenants of Possibility
105
Miltons Daughters
185
Part IV The Spectral Selves of Charlotte Brontë
309
Part V Captivity and Consciousness in George Eliots Fiction
441
NineteenthCentury Poetry by Women
537
Notes
651
Index
699
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Sandra M. Gilbert is professor of English at the University of California at Davis. Susan Gubar is professor of English and women’s studies at Indiana University. They are the co-authors of the three-volume No Man’s Land, also published by Yale University Press.

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