Sisters Choice: Tradition and Change in American Womens Writing. The Clarendon Lectures 1989

Hardcover | December 1, 1992

byElaine Showalter

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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 withother 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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Showalter looks closely at three American classics---Little Women, The Awakening, 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 ...

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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...

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Showalter looks closely at three American classics---Little Women, The Awakening, 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 ...

Elaine Showalter is at Princeton University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:December 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Showalter looks closely at three American classics---Little Women, The Awakening, 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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'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