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History Psychiatry

The Female Malady: Women, Madness, and English Culture, 1830-1980

The Female Malady: Women, Madness, Culture, 1830-1980 Elaine Showalter Penguin 1985 In this informative, timely and often harrowing study, Elaine Showalter demonstrates how cultural ideas about ‘proper’ feminine behaviour have shaped the definition and treatment of female insanity for 150 years, and given mental disorder in women specifically sexual connotations. Along with vivid portraits of…

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Literature Theory

Sexual Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory

Sexual Textual Politics: FeministLiterary Theory Toril Moi Routledge Londonand New York 1985 What are the political implications of a feminist, critical practice? How do the problems of the literary text relate to the priorities and perspectives of feminist politics as a whole? Sexual/Textual Politics addresses these fundamental questions and examines the strengths and limitations of…

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History Literature

Women’s Liberation and Literature

Women’s Liberation and Literature Elaine Showalter Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1971 Women’s Liberation and Literature provides students an opportunity to consider for themselves the essential issues raised by past and present movements to liberate women and encourages them to contemplate whether or not there is a feminine consciousness in literature. The subject of women figures significantly…