Women in Literature
Difficult Women: A Memoir of Three
Difficult Women
A Memoir of Three
Paperback      ISBN: 1681371499
David Plante's dazzling portraits of three influential women in the literary world, now back in print for the first time in decades.

Difficult Women presents portraits of three extraordinary, complicated, and, yes, difficult women, while also raising intriguing and, in their own way, difficult questions about the character and motivations of the keenly and often cruelly observant portraitist himself. The book begins with David Plante's portrait of Jean Rhys in her old age, when the publication of The Wide Sargasso Sea, after years of silence that had made Rhys's great novels of the 1920s and '30s as good as unknown, had at last gained genuine recognition for her. Rhys, however, can hardly be said to be enjoying her new fame. A terminal alcoholic, she curses and staggers and rants like King Lear on the heath in the hotel room that she has made her home, while Plante looks impassively on. Sonia Orwell is his second subject, a suave exploiter and hapless victim of her beauty and social prowess, while the unflappable, brilliant, and impossibly opinionated Germaine Greer sails through the final pages, ever ready to set the world, and any erring companion, right.
A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf
A Secret Sisterhood
The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf
Paperback      ISBN: 1328532380

Male literary friendships are the stuff of legend, but what about the friendships of women writers? A Secret Sisterhood, drawing on letters and diaries, some never published before, brings to light a wealth of surprising female collaborations: the friendship between Jane Austen and one of the family servants, amateur playwright Anne Sharp; the daring feminist author Mary Taylor, who shaped the work of Charlotte Bront ; the transatlantic friendship of the seemingly aloof George Eliot and the ebullient Harriet Beecher Stowe; and Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield, most often portrayed as bitter foes, but who, in fact, enjoyed a complex friendship. They were sometimes scandalous and volatile, sometimes supportive and inspiring, but always--until now--tantalizingly consigned to the shadows.

24 Pages and Other Poems
24 Pages and Other Poems
Hardcover      ISBN: 1940696097

Lisa Fishman's sixth book of poetry is centered on bodies and where they are in relation to each other--whether a body is of plant; of person; or of words, and whether a body is personal or civic; singular or collective; alive or dead. The contradictions of lyric unfold, in this most unconventional elegy, by means of perception so steady it can change. 24 Pages and other poems extends backward and forward, with the presence of many, such as John Clare and Friederike Mayr cker, helping along the way.

As if a corridor

could open or the EAR's two missing

letters -- h e a r t -- e a r t h -- wherever

an animal pops out of the water such as a hooded merganser

appeared to do a somersault diving under, not like a mallard more like a child

or a ball -- it didn't come up
until it did

Lisa Fishman is the author of six books of poetry, including 24 Pages and other poems, F L O W E R C A R T, Current, and The Happiness Experiment. The first Lorine Niedecker Poet-in-Residence in Fort Atkinson and Blackhawk Island, Fishman lives in Orfordville and Madison, Wisconsin. She teaches at Columbia College Chicago.

The Paradise of Women: Writings by Englishwomen in the Renaissance
The Paradise of Women
Writings by Englishwomen in the Renaissance
Paperback      ISBN: 0231068859
Mouth to Mouth: Poems by Twelve Contemporary Mexican Women
Mouth to Mouth
Poems by Twelve Contemporary Mexican Women
Paperback      ISBN: 0915943719

A collection of poems written by twelve Mexican women illustrates the impact that these poets are having on the course of modern Mexican literature

A Secret Sisterhood: The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot & Virginia Woolf
A Secret Sisterhood
The Literary Friendships of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot & Virginia Woolf
Hardcover      ISBN: 054488373x

Male literary friendships are the stuff of legend; think Byron and Shelley, Fitzgerald and Hemingway. But the world's best-loved female authors are usually mythologized as solitary eccentrics or isolated geniuses. Coauthors and real-life friends Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney prove this wrong, thanks to their discovery of a wealth of surprising collaborations: the friendship between Jane Austen and one of the family servants, playwright Anne Sharp; the daring feminist author Mary Taylor, who shaped the work of Charlotte Bront ; the transatlantic friendship of the seemingly aloof George Eliot and Harriet Beecher Stowe; and Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield, most often portrayed as bitter foes, but who, in fact, enjoyed a complex friendship fired by an underlying erotic charge.

Through letters and diaries that have never been published before, A Secret Sisterhood resurrects these forgotten stories of female friendships. They were sometimes scandalous and volatile, sometimes supportive and inspiring, but always--until now--tantalizingly consigned to the shadows.

?Critures de Femmes: Nouvelles Cartographies
?Critures de Femmes
Nouvelles Cartographies
French    Paperback      ISBN: 0300064128

This rich anthology of contemporary writing by women throughout the French-speaking world is filled with literary treasures. Selected poems, short stories, essays, memoirs, and novels-some complete and others excerpted-explore issues of universal interest from women's perspectives: relationships, violence, and the influences of race, language, nationality, and sexuality on identity. "Unique and timely. I could not conceive of a better way to introduce undergraduate students to the diversity of French and Francophone literatures." -Fran?oise Lionnet, Northwestern University

African Pasts, Presents, and Futures: Generational Shifts in African Women's Literature, Film, and Internet Discourse
African Pasts, Presents, and Futures
Generational Shifts in African Women's Literature, Film, and Internet Discourse
Hardcover      ISBN: 0739170414

African Pasts, Presents, and Futures: Generational Shifts in African Women's Literature, Film, and Internet Discourse, by Touria Khannous, provides a history of African women's cultural production, as well as an alternative approach to the arguments that have traditionally dominated post-colonial studies in general, and African and gender studies in particular. It examines some of the more overarching questions that are prevalent in the works of African women authors, who position themselves within the contexts of Islam, feminism, nationalism, modernity, and global and postcolonial politics, thus engaging in the construction of socio-political platforms for reform in their home countries. The book explores different aspects of women's agency at the political, cultural, social, religious and aesthetic level, and highlights their civil society activism and push for legal reform. It also traces their opinions on a range of social and political questions and underscores fundamental shifts in their positions and concerns through the different generations.

After the Fall: The Demeter-Persephone Myth in Wharton, Cather, and Glasgow
After the Fall
The Demeter-Persephone Myth in Wharton, Cather, and Glasgow
Paperback      ISBN: 0271027258

A continuation of Josephine Donovan's exploration of American women's literary traditions, begun with New England Local Color Literature: A Women's Tradition, which treats the nineteenth-century realists, this work analyzes the writing of major women writers of the early twentieth century--- Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, and Ellen Glasgow. The author sees the Demeter-Persephone myth as central to these writers' thematics, but interprets the myth in terms of the historical transitions taking place in turn-of-the-century America. Donovan focuses on the changing relationship between mothers and daughters--- in particular upon the "new women's" rebellion against the traditional women's culture of their nineteenth-century mothers (both literary and literal). An introductory chapter traces the male-supremacist ideologies that formed the intellectual climate in which these women wrote. Reorienting Wharton, Cather, and Glasgow within women's literary traditions produces major reinterpretations of their works, including such masterpieces as Ethan Frome, Summer, My Antonia, Barren Ground, and others. Josephine Donovan's books include Feminist Theory: The Intellectual Traditions of American Feminism; New England Local Color Literature: A Women's Tradition; and Sarah Orne Jewett. She is on the faculty of the University of Maine.

The Afterlives of Rape in Medieval English Literature
The Afterlives of Rape in Medieval English Literature
Hardcover      ISBN: 1137364815

From devotional literature to political narratives, medieval texts propose that survivors of sexual violence have privileged moral, ethical, and spiritual insight. The Afterlives of Rape in Medieval English Literature explores these discourses of survival in a wide range of texts, including letters of spiritual advice, legal statutes and cases, saints' lives, romances, theological summae, and legendary histories. Edwards argues that understanding the literary history of survival as distinct from the history of rape highlights the ethical importance of attending to violence against women as well as the costs of reifying gender difference and its traumatic identifications - both in our study of the past and in contemporary feminist politics.