Encyclopedia of feminist literature / Kathy J. Whitson.

By: Whitson, Kathy JMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2004Description: xi, 300 p. ; 26 cmISBN: 0313327319 (alk. paper); 9780313327315 (alk. paper)Subject(s): Women authors -- Bio-bibliography | Women and literature -- Encyclopedias | Feminist literature -- Encyclopedias | Feminism and literature -- Encyclopedias | Feminism in literature -- Encyclopedias | Women in literature -- EncyclopediasAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Encyclopedia of feminist literature.DDC classification: 809/.89287 LOC classification: PN471 | .W455 2004Other classification: EC 2220 | EC 2230
Contents:
Abolition -- Allende, Isabel -- Allison, Dorothy -- Amazon -- Androgyny -- Angelou, Maya -- Arnow, Harriette -- Atwood, Margaret -- Austen, Jane -- Austin, Mary -- Autobiography -- Barnes, Djuna -- Behn, Aphra -- Blixen, Karen -- Brontë, Charlotte -- Brontë, Emily -- Brown, Rita Mae -- Burdekin, Katharine -- Castillo, Ana -- Chopin, Kate -- Cisneros, Sandra -- Cofer, Judith Ortiz -- Community -- Davis, Rebecca Harding -- de Pizan, Christine -- Dinesen, Isak -- Domesticity -- Erdrich, Louise -- Fauset, Jessie Redmon -- Fern, Fanny -- Foster, Hannah Webster -- Friendship -- Gaskell, Elizabeth -- Gilman, Charlotte Perkins -- Gothic -- Hall, Radclyffe -- hooks, bell -- Hulme, Keri -- Hurston, Zola Neale -- Hysteria -- Iron, Ralph -- Jacobs, Harriet Ann -- Jones, Gayl -- Kelley, Edith Summers -- Kingston, Maxine Hong -- Lim, Shirley Geok-Lin -- Lispector, Clarice -- Lorde, Audre -- Markham, Beryl -- Marriage -- Marshall, Paule -- McCullers, Carson -- Morrison, Toni -- Motherhood -- Mukherjee, Bharati -- Naylor, Gloria -- New woman -- Nightingale, Florence -- Novel -- Olsen, Tillie -- Petry, Ann -- Phelps, Elizabeth Stuart -- Piercy, Marge -- Pseudonyms -- Regionalism -- Rich, Adrienne -- Rowson, Susanna -- Schreiner, Olive -- Sedgwick, Catharine Marie -- Sentimentalism -- Sexuality -- Shange, Ntozake -- Shelley, Mary -- Silence and voice -- Spirituality -- Stefan, Verena -- Stowe, Harriet Beecher -- Suffrage -- Tan, Amy -- True woman -- Walker, Alice -- Walker, Margaret -- Wharton, Edith -- Winterson, Jeanette -- Wittig, Monique -- Wolf, Christa -- Wollstonecraft, Mary -- Woman question, the -- Woolf, Virginia -- Yamamoto, Hisaye -- Yezierska, Anzia.
Review: "This reference includes substantial alphabetically arranged entries on nearly 70 women writers whose works are widely read in English. While most of these women are from England and America, the volume also profiles Chilean, Brazilian, Indian, South African, Australian, French, and German authors. The writers selected are feminist in that their works have challenged traditional gender roles, explored female oppression, or critiqued patriarchal social structures. The encyclopedia also includes entries on some 20 related topics, such as "Domesticity," "Friendship," "Gothic," and "Spirituality.""Summary: "Each author entry includes biographical information, an extensive summary treatment of at least one of her works, a list of her other major works, cross-references to related entries, and a list of works for further reading. Entries are clearly written and are accessible to high school students and undergraduates. An interpretative summary in each entry distinguishes this encyclopedia from other volumes addressing feminist literature or literature by women. The volume closes with a list of works cited."--BOOK JACKET.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Abolition -- Allende, Isabel -- Allison, Dorothy -- Amazon -- Androgyny -- Angelou, Maya -- Arnow, Harriette -- Atwood, Margaret -- Austen, Jane -- Austin, Mary -- Autobiography -- Barnes, Djuna -- Behn, Aphra -- Blixen, Karen -- Brontë, Charlotte -- Brontë, Emily -- Brown, Rita Mae -- Burdekin, Katharine -- Castillo, Ana -- Chopin, Kate -- Cisneros, Sandra -- Cofer, Judith Ortiz -- Community -- Davis, Rebecca Harding -- de Pizan, Christine -- Dinesen, Isak -- Domesticity -- Erdrich, Louise -- Fauset, Jessie Redmon -- Fern, Fanny -- Foster, Hannah Webster -- Friendship -- Gaskell, Elizabeth -- Gilman, Charlotte Perkins -- Gothic -- Hall, Radclyffe -- hooks, bell -- Hulme, Keri -- Hurston, Zola Neale -- Hysteria -- Iron, Ralph -- Jacobs, Harriet Ann -- Jones, Gayl -- Kelley, Edith Summers -- Kingston, Maxine Hong -- Lim, Shirley Geok-Lin -- Lispector, Clarice -- Lorde, Audre -- Markham, Beryl -- Marriage -- Marshall, Paule -- McCullers, Carson -- Morrison, Toni -- Motherhood -- Mukherjee, Bharati -- Naylor, Gloria -- New woman -- Nightingale, Florence -- Novel -- Olsen, Tillie -- Petry, Ann -- Phelps, Elizabeth Stuart -- Piercy, Marge -- Pseudonyms -- Regionalism -- Rich, Adrienne -- Rowson, Susanna -- Schreiner, Olive -- Sedgwick, Catharine Marie -- Sentimentalism -- Sexuality -- Shange, Ntozake -- Shelley, Mary -- Silence and voice -- Spirituality -- Stefan, Verena -- Stowe, Harriet Beecher -- Suffrage -- Tan, Amy -- True woman -- Walker, Alice -- Walker, Margaret -- Wharton, Edith -- Winterson, Jeanette -- Wittig, Monique -- Wolf, Christa -- Wollstonecraft, Mary -- Woman question, the -- Woolf, Virginia -- Yamamoto, Hisaye -- Yezierska, Anzia.

"This reference includes substantial alphabetically arranged entries on nearly 70 women writers whose works are widely read in English. While most of these women are from England and America, the volume also profiles Chilean, Brazilian, Indian, South African, Australian, French, and German authors. The writers selected are feminist in that their works have challenged traditional gender roles, explored female oppression, or critiqued patriarchal social structures. The encyclopedia also includes entries on some 20 related topics, such as "Domesticity," "Friendship," "Gothic," and "Spirituality.""

"Each author entry includes biographical information, an extensive summary treatment of at least one of her works, a list of her other major works, cross-references to related entries, and a list of works for further reading. Entries are clearly written and are accessible to high school students and undergraduates. An interpretative summary in each entry distinguishes this encyclopedia from other volumes addressing feminist literature or literature by women. The volume closes with a list of works cited."--BOOK JACKET.

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Library Journal Review

Whitson (English, Eureka Coll.) identifies feminist literature through a number of themes, including women's oppression, challenging traditional gender roles, and advocating for social, political, and economic equality for women. The women authors included in this volume range from the very familiar-Toni Morrison and Virginia Woolf-to the less well-known-Judith Ortiz Cofer and Shirley Geok-Lin Lim. Nearly 70 writers are represented with an additional 22 "topic" entries on subjects ranging from abolition to the "woman question." Author entries include biographical information, major works, and an analysis of at least one work. Whitson hopes that this "interpretative summary" of the representative work will distinguish the volume from other titles addressing feminist literature and entice readership of the books. Bottom Line This volume would be more useful if the narrative explored the theme of women's oppression and quest for equality more fully and provided fewer details of plot. Further, more careful editing would have eliminated several redundant passages and improved clarity. Still, Whitson succeeds in bringing together a great deal of information from a variety of sources for audiences from high school to undergraduate. Recommended for high school and college libraries.-Kathryn R. Bartelt, Univ. of Evansville Libs., IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Whitson profiles 69 feminist writers--authors who have addressed women's oppression, challenged traditional gender roles, and advocated women's social, political and economic equality in "imaginative" rather than theoretical ways. Many are widely recognized; others such as Katherine Burdekin or Paule Marshall are less familiar but reclaimed by feminist scholars. Highly selective, this introductory reference emphasizes British and American works written in English. Happily, however, Whitson also covers significant works from other countries--Australia, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, India, South Africa--that have "had an important impact on feminist studies in America and other English-speaking countries." Author entries include biographical information, a bibliography, internal cross-references, and, in a feature that distinguishes this volume from similar resources, extensive summary interpretations of at least one major work, designed to "entice readership." A selection of 22 informative thematic entries, from "Abolition" and "Amazon" to "Spirituality," "Silence and Voice," and "Woman Question," draw from relevant writers and augment the usefulness of the volume. The book is intended for undergraduate, high school, and general readers. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Public and academic libraries. J. Ariel University of California, Irvine

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KATHY J. WHITSON is Professor of English at Eureka College. Her previous books include Native American Literatures: An Encyclopedia of Works, Characters, Authors, and Themes (1999).

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