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Sister's Choice By Elaine Showalter

Sister's Choice
by Elaine Showalter

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Drawing on a wide range of writers and texts, Elaine Showalter argues that post-colonial as well as feminist literary theory can help us understand the complex forms of American women's wriitng, and the way that `women's culture' intersects with other cultural forms.
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Sister's Choice: Tradition and Change in American Women's Writing. The Clarendon Lectures 1989 by Elaine Showalter

Are American women writers from different eras and different backgrounds connected by common threads in a coherent tradition? How have the relationships between women's rights, women's rites, and women's writing figured in the history of literature by women in the United States? Drawing on a wide range of writers from Margaret Fuller to Alice Walker, Elaine Showalter argues that post-colonial as well as feminist literary theory can help us understand the hybrid, intertextual, and changing forms of American women's writing, and the way that `women's culture' intersects with other cultural forms. Showalter looks closely at three American classics - Little Women, The Awakening, and The House of Mirth - and traces the transformations in such major themes, images, and genres of American women's writing as the American Miranda, the Female Gothic, and the patchwork quilt. Ending with a moving description of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, she shows how the women's tradition is a literary quilt that offers a new map of a changing America.

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Sister's Choice Reviews


`Once again she has uncovered an extraordinary range of little-known writing, and little-known shades to those better known.' New Statesman & Society
`The revaluation of the Gothic genre has been one of the few genuine achievements of feminist criticism and Elaine Showalter lays out a fascinating summary of psychoanalytical interpretations' Tony Dunn, Tribune
`Elaine Showalter lays out a fascinating summary of psychoanalytical interpretations.' Tribune
'Showalter's ultimate response to the question that begins her book is a resounding yes. The path to that conclusion is an enriching and graifying one,' Navina Krishna Hooker. university of St Andrews. Review of English Studies

About Elaine Showalter



Elaine Showalter is Avalon Professor of the Humanities and Professor of English at Princeton University. She is the author of A Literature of Their Won, and the editor of The New Feminist Criticism.

Table of Contents


American questions; Miranda's story; "Little Women" - the American female myth; "The Awakening" - tradition and the American female talent; the death of the lady (novelist) - Wharton's "House of Mirth"; the other lost generation; American female Gothic; common threads.

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GOR002663598
Sister's Choice: Tradition and Change in American Women's Writing. The Clarendon Lectures 1989 by Elaine Showalter
Elaine Showalter
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Oxford University Press
1991-09-26
208
0198123833
9780198123835
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