Sexual anarchy: gender and culture at the fin de siècle

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Penguin Books, 1991 - History - 242 pages
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Sexual anarchy: gender and culture at the fin de siècle

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A history of the sexes and the crises, themes, and problems associated with the battle for sexual supremacy and identity, this work draws striking cultural parallels between the end of the 19th ... Read full review

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Outstanding comparison of fear-based sexual repression/oppression in fin de siecle and contemporary culture. At times it resembles a readable version of Faludi's Backlash. The book is nearly 20 years ... Read full review


Odd Women
New Women
Queen George
King Romance
Dr Jekylls Closet
The Womans Case
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About the author (1991)

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.