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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 visa mer 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. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre

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Vedertaget namn
Showalter, Elaine
Andra namn
Cottler, Elaine (birth name)
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Washington, DC, USA
London, England, UK
Bryn Mawr College (BA | 1962)
Brandeis University (MA | 1964)
University of California, Davis (Ph.D | 1970)
literary critic
Showalter, English (husband)
Showalter, Michael (son)
Princeton University
Rutgers University
Modern Language Association
Priser och utmärkelser
Fellow, Royal Society of Literature
Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism (2012)
Kort biografi
Elaine Showalter was born on January 21, 1941, in Boston, Massachusetts. She studied English at Bryn Mawr College (B.A., 1962), Brandeis University (M.A., 1964), and the University of California, Davis (Ph.D., 1970). She turned her doctoral thesis into her first book, "A Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelists from Brontë to Lessing" (1977), a study in which she created a critical framework for analyzing literature by women.

Showalter joined the faculty of Douglass College, the women's division of Rutgers University, in 1969, where she developed women's studies courses and began editing and contributing articles to books and periodicals about women's literature. She later taught at Rutgers and Princeton University and has been a television critic for People magazine and a commentator on BBC radio and television. Showalter specializes in Victorian literature and the Fin-de-siècle and often writes on madness and hysteria in literature, specifically in women's writing and in the portrayal of female characters. She is the founder of gynocriticism – "a female framework for the analysis of women's literature."

Showalter retired from Princeton University in 2003. She now divides her time between Washington, D.C. and London, where she was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2012, she also received an honorary degree from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and won the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism for "A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx" (2009).



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burritapal | 1 annan recension | Oct 23, 2022 |
I'd picked up a remaindered copy of this because after our Civil War reading group, I'd been left with the feeling: BUT WHAT ABOUT THE WOMEN? Then I picked it up to read once I'd started buddy reads with my dad so I'd have other reading to report on (and have someone to talk about it all with!)

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I do wonder if there is an insightful take on her husband out there somewhere. How he could have chosen to marry Julia, only to immediately suppress everything about her that most others (including herself) found valuable. Ugh.
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