A jury of her peers : American women writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx

by Showalter, Elaine.

Format: Print Book 2009
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Summary
A Jury of Her Peers is an unprecedented literary landmark: the first comprehensive history of American women writers from 1650 to 2000. In a narrative of immense scope and fascination, brimming with Elaine Showalter's characteristic wit and incisive opinions, we are introduced to more than 250 female writers. These include not only famous and expected names (Harriet Beecher Stowe, Willa Cather, Dorothy Parker, Flannery O'Connor, Gwendolyn Brooks, Grace Paley, Toni Morrison, and Jodi Picoult among them), but also many who were once successful and acclaimed yet now are little known, from the early American best-selling novelist Catherine Sedgwick to the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Susan Glaspell. Showalter shows how these writers both the enduring stars and the ones left behind by the canon were connected to one another and to their times. She believes it is high time to fully integrate the contributions of women into our American literary heritage, and she undertakes the task with brilliance and flair, making the case for the unfairly overlooked and putting the overrated firmly in their place. Whether or not readers agree with the book's roster of writers, A Jury of Her Peers is an irresistible invitation to join the debate, to discover long-lost great writers, and to return to familiar titles with a deeper appreciation. Itis a monumental work that will greatly enrich our understanding of American literary history and culture.
Contents
A new literature springs up in the new world
Revolution : women's rights and women's writing
Their native land
Finding a form
Masterpieces and mass markets
Slavery, race, and women's writing
The Civil War
The coming woman
American sibyls
New women
The golden morrow
Against women's writing : Wharton and Cather
You might as well live
The Great Depression
The 1940s : World War II and after
The 1950s : the three faces of Eve
The 1960s : live or die
The 1970s : the will to change
The 1980s : on the jury
The 1990s : anything she wants.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* In spite of concerted efforts to reclaim lost and neglected works by women writers, we have failed to fully grasp the complexity and richness of women's writing in America or the degree to which women have shaped American literature. Eminent scholar-critic Showalter is rueful about writing the first literary history of American women writers. How is it possible that this has never been undertaken before? The answer is part of the eye-opening story Showalter tells in this vigorously investigated consideration of the lives and work of professional American women writers. Masterfully blending succinct biographies with incisive history and peppery literary criticism, she links the evolution of women's creative writing to steady changes in women's social status. Showalter's analysis of such salient writers as Harriet Beecher Stowe and Toni Morrison, Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath is fresh and revelatory, while her resurrection of their forgotten peers is electrifying. For the first time, readers will see the many-limbed family tree of women writers working in all genres as Showalter traces branches of influence and extraordinary flowerings. Showalter astutely explores every aspect with wit and zeal. This superb, groundbreaking history will inspire readers to read each of these remarkable writers.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2009 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "By covering the lives and careers of hundreds of American women writers of all backgrounds, this survey is ambitious and galvanizing, contributing to feminist theory without itself reading like theory. Diverse beyond easy description, these women, especially in earlier centuries, have two things in common. One is an almost universal break with patriarchal constructs. Second is gaining independence from European literary models, female as well as male. Although there have been multivolume, encyclopedic works of greater scope, like Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar's Norton Anthology of Literature by Woman, this is the first guide and history ever attempted by one scholar working solo. With a generally chronological approach (including a handful of sensible deviations), Showalter's Baedeker showcases the rise and fall of styles and genres. Lives and careers of superstars such as Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein, Pearl S. Buck and Toni Morrison are put into high relief. In Showalter's book, the voices of several hundred other authors, ranging from Phillis Wheatley and Julia Ward Howe to Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton, Grace Metalious and James Tiptree Jr., sing out in a monumental choral orchestrated by Showalter (A Literature of Their Own), a groundbreaking feminist scholar at Princeton. (Feb. 25) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects American literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism.
American literature -- Women authors -- Bio-bibliography.
Women and literature -- United States -- History.
Women -- United States -- Intellectual life.
Women in literature.
Publisher New York :Alfred A. Knopf,2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description xvii, 586 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [515]-562) and index.
ISBN 9781400041237
1400041236
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