Image and Power is an important work of literary and cultural criticism. This collection of essays focuses on some of the major issues addressed by women's writing in the twentieth century, concerning genre, subjectivity and social and cultural expectations, issues which in the past have been regarded from an essentially male perspective. The text introduces women writers whose novels have been widely read and provides an important contribution to the debate about women in literature.
1. Image, Usurping the male: women writing in `male' genres, Endorsing the female: women's `own' literary space 2. Power, Private power, Public power 3. Essay on Women and ideas