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Literature and Gender

ISBN 9780415135740
Published May 1, 1996 by Routledge
420 Pages

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Book Description

Literature and Gender combines an introduction to and an anthology of literary texts which powerfully demonstrate the relevance of gender issues to the study of literature. The volume covers all three major literary genres - poetry, fiction and drama - and closely examines a wide range of themes, including:

  • feminity versus creativity in women's lives and writing
  • the construction of female characters
  • autobiography and fiction
  • the gendering of language
  • the interaction of race, class and gender within writing, reading and interpretation.

Literature and Gender is also a superb resource of primary texts, and includes writing by:

  • Sappho
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Tennyson
  • Elizabeth Bishop
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Jamaica Kincaid
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Susan Glaspell

Also reproduced are essential essays by, amoung others, Maya Angelou, Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, Toni Morrison, Elaine Showalter, and Alice Walker. No other book on this subject provides an anthology, introduction and critical reader in one volume. Literature and Gender is the ideal guide for any student new to this field.

Table of Contents

Preface. Keynotes. Introduction. Part One. 1. Literature and gender Lizbeth Goodman, with Alison Smith 2. Gender and poetry Angus Calder, with Lizbeth Goodman 3. Prose fiction, form and gender Lizbeth Goodman, with Kasia Boddy and Elaine Showalter 4. Madwomen and attics: themes and issues in women's fiction Lizbeth Goodman, with Helen Small and Mary Jacobus 5. Gender, race, class and fiction Lizbeth Goodman, with Joan Digby 6. Gender and drama, text and performance Lizbeth Goodman, with J. Ellen Gainor 7. New women in the theatre Richard Allen 8. Contemporary women's theatre: Top Girls Lizbeth Goodman, with Juli Thompson Burk Conclusion. Part Two. Poetry Anthology Selected by Angus Calder: The New Dress Virginia Woolf, Girl Jamaica Kincaid, Behind a Mask A.M. Barnard, The Yellow Wallpaper Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Trifles Susan Glaspell, A Jury of her Peers Susan Glaspell Bibliography. Acknowledgements. Index.

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