The first feminist classic of the new century'I have written about women whose stories and choices fascinate, perplex and inspire me. These women are rule-breakers who followed their own path, who were determined to experience love, achievement and fame; who wanted their lives to matter; who changed the future. All of these women lived before their time, trying to work, think, love, mother, even die, in ways that were in advance of what their societies approved or allowed.' Elaine ShowalterInventing 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 Wollstonecraft 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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Elaine Showalter recently retired from the post of chair of the department of English at Princeton. For many years she has been one of the foremost feminist academics and critics in the United States. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review, the TLS, the Guardian and the London Review of Books , and writes an occasional television column for People magazine. She is the author of a number of books on feminism and women's writing.
Inventing Herself by Elaine Showalter
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