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History Literature

Living by the Pen: Early British Women Writers

Living by the Pen: Early British Women Writers Dale Spender Teachers College Press 1992 Living By The Pen reclaims the literary heritage of early British women writers from the predominantly male tradition. The contributors include some of the most renowned researchers and writers in this are. Together they provide accessible and useful background material on…

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History Literature

The Writing or the Sex?: Or Why You Don’t Have to Read Women’s Writing to Know It’s No Good

The Writing or the Sex?: Or Why You Don’t Have to Read Women’s Writing to Know It’s No Good Dale Spender Pergamon Press 1989 In The Writing or the Sex? Spender questions the differences between female and male literature. Taking the view that the difference lies not within the writing itself, but in the response…

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History Literature

Mothers of the Novel: 100 Great Women Writers Before Jane Austen

Mothers of the Novel: 100 Great Women Writers Before Jane Austen Dale Spender Pandora 1986 The printing press was invented in 1450 but it took nearly 300 years before the idea of ‘fiction’ (rather than lying) was accepted. And then it was women who took over the form and made it their own. Not that…

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History Literature Women of Colour

Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist

Reconstructing Womanhood: TheEmergence of the Afro-AmericanWoman Novelist Hazel V. Carby Oxford University Press 1987 A cultural history of the work of nineteenth-century black women writers, this volume traces the emergence of the novel as a forum for political and cultural reconstruction, examining the ways in which dominant sexual ideologies influenced the literary conventions of women’s…

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Collection Essays Literature Women of Colour

Motherlands: Black Women’s Writing from Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia

Motherlands: Black Women’s Writingfrom Africa, the Caribbeanand South Asia Shusheila Nasta The Women’s Press 1991 This collection of essays demonstrates the links in women’s creative works from different global areas, specifically as demonstrated in their attempts to discover new forms and languages to express women’s experiences in patriarchal societies and to subvert continuing traditional, colonial,…

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Ecology Literature

Woman and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her

Woman and Nature: The RoaringInside Her Susan Griffin HarperCollins 1978 In this famously provocative cornerstone of feminist literature, Susan Griffin explores the identification of women with the earth—both as sustenance for humanity and as victim of male rage. Starting from Plato’s fateful division of the world into spirit and matter, her analysis of how patriarchal…

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History Literature Publishing

How to Suppress Women’s Writing

How to Suppress Women’s Writing Joanna Russ University ofTexas Press 1983 From Wikipedia: Written in the style of a sarcastic and irreverent guidebook, it explains how women are prevented from producing written works, not given credit when such works are produced, or dismissed or belittled for those contributions they are acknowledged to have made. Although…

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History Literature Sexuality

Sexual Politics

Sexual Politics Kate Millett Doubleday 1970 Praised and denounced when it was first published in 1970, Sexual Politics not only explored history but also became part of it. Kate Millett’s groundbreaking book fuelled feminism’s second wave, giving voice to the anger of a generation while documenting the inequities – neatly packaged in revered works of…

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History Literature Theory

For the Record: The Making and Meaning of Feminist Knowledge

For the Record: The makingand meaning of feministknowledge Dale Spender The Women’s Press 1985 For the Record is Dale Spender’s own account of the work of feminist writers and theorists of the last twenty years. Her account begins with the publication of Betty Friedan’s pioneering work, The Feminine Mystique, which blew apart the myth of…

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Essays Literature

Feminist Issues in Literary Scholarship

Feminist Issues inLiterary Scholarship Shari Benstock (ed) Indiana University Press 1987 Feminist Issues in Literary Scholarship explores the aesthetic and political issues inherent in feminist critical theory and practice, taking as its subject a variety of literary texts written by women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This collection of essays reflects the diversity of…