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A jury of her peers : American women writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx / by Elaine Showalter.

By: Showalter, Elaine.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009Edition: 1st ed.Description: xvii, 586 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781400041237; 1400041236; 9781400034420 (pbk.); 1400034426 (pbk.).Subject(s): American literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism | American literature -- Women authors -- Bio-bibliography | Women and literature -- United States -- History | Women -- United States -- Intellectual life | Women in literatureDDC classification: 810.9/9287 | 809/.89287 Other classification: 18.06
Contents:
A new literature springs up in the new world -- Revolution: women's rights and women's writing -- Their native land -- Finding a form -- Masterpieces and mass markets -- Slavery, race, and women's writing -- The Civil War -- The coming woman -- American sibyls -- New women -- The golden morrow -- Against women's writing: Wharton and Cather -- You might as well live -- The Great Depression -- The 1940s: World War II and after -- The 1950s: three faces of Eve -- The 1960s: live or die -- The 1970s: the will to change -- The 1980s: on the jury -- The 1990s: anything she wants.
Summary: This work is a history of American women writers from 1650-2000. In this narrative spanning more than 400 years and introducing more than 250 female writers, both famous and little known, the author shows how these writers were connected to one another and to their times. The author believes that it is important to integrate the contributions of women into the American literary heritage, making the case for the unfairly overlooked and putting the overrated in their place. In this work she gives readers the opportunity to rediscover long-lost great writers and to return to familiar titles with deeper appreciation.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

A new literature springs up in the new world -- Revolution: women's rights and women's writing -- Their native land -- Finding a form -- Masterpieces and mass markets -- Slavery, race, and women's writing -- The Civil War -- The coming woman -- American sibyls -- New women -- The golden morrow -- Against women's writing: Wharton and Cather -- You might as well live -- The Great Depression -- The 1940s: World War II and after -- The 1950s: three faces of Eve -- The 1960s: live or die -- The 1970s: the will to change -- The 1980s: on the jury -- The 1990s: anything she wants.

This work is a history of American women writers from 1650-2000. In this narrative spanning more than 400 years and introducing more than 250 female writers, both famous and little known, the author shows how these writers were connected to one another and to their times. The author believes that it is important to integrate the contributions of women into the American literary heritage, making the case for the unfairly overlooked and putting the overrated in their place. In this work she gives readers the opportunity to rediscover long-lost great writers and to return to familiar titles with deeper appreciation.

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Library Journal Review

Women have been writing and publishing since the beginning of the American experience. But as Showalter argues convincingly in her substantial literary history of American women writers from 1650 to 2000, their contributions have been largely overlooked and underrated by the men who controlled "scholarly editorial boards, panels of consultants, and academic leadership posts." Each of the 20 chapters begins with the historical context of the period and an assessment of "women's relation to the literary marketplace" during that time. Within each chapter, Showalter (A Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelists from Bronte to Lessing) supplies biographical details and an assessment of the work of the writers she has identified as important. One of Showalter's judgments is that "[Harriet Beecher Stowe's] achievements and her wide influence make her the most important figure in the history of American women's writing." She also argues that Emily Dickinson "reinvented American poetry." Showalter's writing is clear, lively, and authoritative; her research is impressive. Recommended for academic and public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/08.]-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

The appearance of "the first literary history of American Women" by a distinguished scholar is a noteworthy event. And in composing this clear, accessible, comprehensive survey of exactly what women wrote, Showalter (emer., Princeton Univ.) does not ride a theoretical hobbyhorse. Investigating what "literary peers" means and the codes and contexts of literary writing, the author points out that women writers are a unique historical category because they were defined from male viewpoints and by masculine standards. Moving chronologically from Bradstreet to the present, Showalter covers literary careers and personal narratives from the perspective of masculine literary influence and the expectations of the national marketplace. She reveals how women gradually escaped private and domestic definitions and moved toward professional writing that both included and exceeded traditional female experience (Showalter identified this pattern in A Literature of Their Own, CH, Oct'99, 37-0793). This important survey includes brief discussions of many minor figures as well as those the author believes to be most significant, namely, Edith Wharton and Willa Cather. Showalter concludes with Proulx and Jane Smiley. The volume includes extensive notes. Summing Up: Essential. All readers. S. A. Parker emerita, Hiram College

Author notes provided by Syndetics

In 1977, Showalter published A Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelists from Bronte to Lessing. It was one of the most influential works in feminist criticism, as it sought to establish a distinctive tradition for women writers. In later essays, Showalter helped to develop a clearly articulated feminist theory with two major branches: the special study of works by women and the study of all literature from a feminist perspective. In all of her recent writing, Showalter has sought to illuminate a "cultural model of female writing," distinguishable from male models and theories. Her role as editor bringing together key contemporary feminist criticism has been extremely influential on modern literary study. (Bowker Author Biography) Elaine Showalter is chairperson of the department of English at Princeton University & the author of "A Literature of Their Own" & "Sexual Anarchy". A frequent contributor & book reviewer for American magazines & British newspapers, including the "London Times Literary Supplement", she also has written television reviews for "People". Showalter lives in Princeton, New Jersey. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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