Feminist writing has emerged in recent years as a major influence of twentieth-century European literature. Textual Liberation, first published in 1991, provides a timely and wide-ranging survey of twentieth-century feminist writing in Europe, presenting texts from a number of countries and highlighting some of the transnational parallels and contrasts.
The contributors emphasize the wider contexts- political, social, economic- in which the texts were produced. They cover feminist literature in Britain, Scandinavia, Germany, Eastern Europe, Russia, France, Spain, Italy, and Turkey, and consider a range of genres, including the novel, poetry, drama, essays, and journalism. Each chapter contains an extensive bibliography with special emphasis on material available in English.
A stimulating introduction to the development of European feminist writing, Textual Liberation will be an invaluable resource for students of women’s literature, women’s studies, and feminism.
Table of Contents
Notes on contributors; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction 2. Landscape for a literary feminism: British women writers 1900 to the present 3. Egalitarianism and feminine consciousness: feminist writing in Scandinavia 4. The limits of patriarchy: German feminist writers 5. Feminist writing in Eastern Europe: the problem solved? 6. The birth, death, and rebirth of feminist writing in Russia 7. Aux armes, citoyennes! 8. Feminist writers in Spain since 1900: from political strategy to personal enquiry 9. Women’s viewpoint: expectations and experience in twentieth-century Italy 10. Unmuffled voices in the shade and beyond: women’s writing in Turkish; Index