Inventing Herself is an account of women, from the 18th century to the present, who lived life on a grand scale. Elaine Showalter uncovers the lives of feminist intellectuals, focusing on figures ranging from Mary Wollstoncraft to Camille Paglia, her sources as diverse as A Vindication of the Rights of Women and Scream 2. She also scrutinizes the fragmenting feminism of the nineties - neo-conservative backlash, Paglia whiplash, Wolfian eyelash - and addresses the dreams and aspirations of women who do not see themselves as part of the feminist movement. In conclusion, she shows how the intellectual standard for modern feminists has been compromised by the spectre of celebrity.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - startingover - LibraryThing
Good stuff on Mary Wollstonecraft, Olive Schreiner; interesting on Simone de B; don't know why she even gave book space to Camille Paglia, although it helped to re-affirm why I never could stand to ... Read full review
INVENTING HERSELF: Claiming a Feminist Intellectual HeritageUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Feminist scholar Showalter (Sister's Choice, 1991, etc.) stirs together literary history, biography, personal reminiscence, and pop culture in a peculiar narrative that devotes as much time to female ... Read full review