Literature and Gender

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Psychology Press, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 403 pages
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A critical anthology which introduces the student to reading literature through gender. The volume covers prose fiction, poetry and drama. No other book on this subject provides an anthology, introduction and critical reader in one volume.Literature and Gender combines an introduction to and an anthology of literary texts which powerfully demonstrate the relevance of gender issues to the study of literature. The volume covers all three major literary genres - poetry, fiction and drama - and closely examines a wide range of themes, including:b* feminity versus creativity in women's lives and writing* the construction of female characters* autobiography and fiction* the gendering of language* the interaction of race, class and gender within writing, reading and interpretation.Literature and Gender is also a superb resource of primary texts, and includes writing by:* Sappho* Emily Dickinson* Sylvia Plath* Tennyson* Elizabeth Bishop* Louisa May Alcott* Virginia Woolf* Jamaica Kincaid* Charlotte Perkins Gilman* Susan GlaspellAlso reproduced are essential essays by, amoung others, Maya Angelou, Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, Toni Morrison, Elaine Showalter, and Alice Walker. No other book on this subject provides an anthology, introduction and critical reader in one volume. Literature and Gender is the ideal guide for any student new to this field.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER TWO Gender and poetry
41
CHAPTER THREE Prose fiction form and gender
71
CHAPTER FIVE Gender race class and fiction
145
CHAPTER six Gender and drama text and performance
179
CHAPTER SEVEN New women in the theatre
207
Top Girls
229
CONCLUSION
253
SELECTED BY ANGUS CALDER
296
BARNARD
348
A Jury of her Peers 70
370
Bibliography
385
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About the author (1996)

Goodman is Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies and Director of the Institute of New Media Performance Research at the University of Surrey.

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