Women As Authors English Literature
Ambiguous Discourse: Feminist Narratology & British Women Writers
Ambiguous Discourse
Feminist Narratology & British Women Writers
Paperback      ISBN: 080784599x
Carefully melding theory with close readings of texts, the contributors to Ambiguous Discourse explore the role of gender in the struggle for narrative control of specific works by British writers Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, Anita Brookner, Angela Carter, Jeanette Winterson, and Mina Loy. This collection of twelve essays is the first book devoted to feminist narratology--the combination of feminist theory with the study of the structures that underpin all narratives. Until recently, narratology has resisted the advances of feminism in part, as some contributors argue, because theory has replicated past assumptions of male authority and point of view in narrative. Feminist narratology, however, contextualizes the cultural constructions of gender within its study of narrative strategies. Nine of these essays are original, and three have been revised for publication in this volume. The contributors are Melba Cuddy-Keane, Denise Delorey, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Susan Stanford Friedman, Janet Giltrow, Linda Hutcheon, Susan S. Lanser, Alison Lee, Patricia Matson, Kathy Mezei, Christine Roulston, and Robyn Warhol.
American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath
American Isis
The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath
Paperback      ISBN: 1250043441
A tribute to the 50th anniversary of the iconic poet's death draws on the recently opened archives of Ted Hughes to offer new insights into her psyche and literary achievements, in a portrait that includes previously unpublished papers and dozens of letters exchanged between Plath and Hughes. By the author of Marilyn Monroe: A Life of the Actress.
Andrea Levy: Contemporary Critical Perspectives
Andrea Levy
Contemporary Critical Perspectives
Hardcover      ISBN: 1441160450
Andrea Levy has emerged as one of the most significant and popular voices in contemporary black British writing both in the UK and abroad. Drawing on a familial history of emigration, her critically-acclaimed novels - including the multiple award-winning Small Island - attempt to bring a variety of voices to the representation of black experience in post-war Britain. This book is the first of its kind to be devoted to Levy's work. Combining historical, theoretical and textual perspectives, the volume hosts a wide range of current critical approaches to Levy's fiction. With chapters written by leading established and emerging scholars, the book explores issues of literary form, diasporic literature and cultural value, the BBC TV adaptation of Small Island, while also shedding fresh light on Levy's critically neglected early works. The book also includes a new interview with Levy herself, a timeline of her life, chapter summaries, as well as guides to further reading and online resources, making this an essential companion to the writings of one of the most exciting voices in contemporary fiction.
An Angel at My Table: The Complete Autobiography
An Angel at My Table
The Complete Autobiography
Paperback      ISBN: 1619027887
The autobiography of New Zealand's most significant writer New Zealand's preeminent writer Janet Frame brings the skill of an extraordinary novelist and poet to these vivid and haunting recollections, gathered here for the first time in a single volume. From a childhood and adolescence spent in a poor but intellectually intense railway family, through life as a student, and years of incarceration in mental hospitals, eventually followed by her entry into the saving world of writers and the "Mirror City" that sustains them, we are given not only a record of the events of a life, but also "the transformation of ordinary facts and ideas into a shining palace of mirrors." Frame's journey of self-discovery, from New Zealand to London, to Paris and Barcelona, and then home again, is a heartfelt and courageous account of a writer's beginnings as well as one woman's personal struggle to survive. This book contains selections from the long out-of-print collection entitled Janet Frame: An Autobiography (George Brazillier, 1991), which itself was originally published in three volumes: To the Is-land, An Angel at My Table, and The Envoy from Mirror City.
Angela Carter: New Critical Readings
Angela Carter
New Critical Readings
Hardcover      ISBN: 1441169288
Editors Andermahr and Phillips (English, U. of Northampton, UK) and 14 contributors provide a collection of new critical readings on late-20th century writer Angela Carter from a variety of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives. Authors address Carter's literary legacy for contemporary women's writing, violence and ethics, surrealism, allegory and parody as critical reading strategies, blending the pre-Raphaelite with the surreal in Carter's Shadow Dance and Love, mythologies, and more analysis and readings of several other Carter works. The book will interest both readers and teachers of Carter's writing. Annotation
Angela Carter: New Critical Readings
Angela Carter
New Critical Readings
Paperback      ISBN: 1472528522
Bringing together leading international scholars of contemporary fiction and modern women writers, this book provides authoritative new critical readings of Angela Carter's work from a variety of innovative theoretical and disciplinary approaches. Angela Carter: New Critical Readings both evaluates Carter's legacy as feminist provocateur and postmodern stylist, and broaches new ground in considering Carter as, variously, a poet and a
Anne Finch and Her Poetry: A Critical Biography
Anne Finch and Her Poetry
A Critical Biography
Hardcover      ISBN: 0820314102

Anne Finch and Her Poetry is the first major critical examination of the life and works of the foremost English woman poet of the eighteenth century. This biography places Anne Finch (1661-1720) in her social and literary milieu and includes discussion of such topics as love and marriage, female friendships, melancholy, and nature as they relate both to Finch's life and to her poetry.

Barbara McGovern gives considerable attention to the methods by which Finch developed her artistry and molded a largely masculine literary tradition to her own designs through a variety of rhetorical and stylistic devices. She examines the entire body of Finch's work, including two verse plays and a number of previously unpublished poems and letters, and corrects numerous misconceptions about the poet and her work.

Though recognized in her lifetime as a talented poet, for nearly two hundred years Finch has been overlooked or, when anthologized, misrepresented. McGovern focuses on the historical place and displacement of Finch in Restoration and early eighteenth-century England in terms of her involvement with Britain's most critical religious and political controversies. An Anglican and Royalist who along with her husband was attached to the Stuart court at the time of the Glorious Revolution, Finch was an outsider because of her politics and religion as well as her gender. Despite her marginal status in society, Anne Finch was able to develop her poetic identity in part by defining her relationships with other early women writers, including Katherine Philips and Aphra Behn. Her female friendships, as well as aristocratic family ties and titled position, gave her access to a number of the most famous literary figures of her age, including Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift.

A thoroughly researched, well-written, and compelling work, Anne Finch and Her Poetry will no doubt become the standard biography of the finest woman poet in England before the nineteenth century.

As Good As a Yarn With You: Letters Between Miles Franklin, Katharine Susannah Prichard, Jean Devanny, Marjory Barnard, Flora Eldershaw and Eleanor Dark
As Good As a Yarn With You
Letters Between Miles Franklin, Katharine Susannah Prichard, Jean Devanny, Marjory Barnard, Flora Eldershaw and Eleanor Dark
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0521576334
This engrossing collection presents the letters between six Australian writers in the years 1930-1957.
Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature
Beatrix Potter
A Life in Nature
Paperback      ISBN: 1250094194
Capturing the real world of Beatrix Potter, a meticulously researched biography details the life of the beloved children's author and illustrator who created such memorable characters as Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, and Tom Kitten, in a study complemented by some of Potter's beautiful images. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.
Becoming a Heroine: Reading About Women in Novels
Becoming a Heroine
Reading About Women in Novels
Paperback      ISBN: 0231100000
Reprint of the 1982 original with a new (5 p.) postscript. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.