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Inventing Herself: Claiming a Feminist Intellectual Heritage

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Sure to take its place alongside the literary landmarks of modern feminism, Elaine Showalter's brilliant, provocative work chronicles the roles of feminist intellectuals from the eighteenth century to the present.

With sources as diverse as "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" and "Scream 2, Inventing Herself" is an expansive and timely exploration of women who possess a boundless determination to alter the world by boldly experiencing love, achievement, and fame on a grand scale. These women tried to work, travel, think, love, and even die in ways that were ahead of their time. In doing so, they forged an epic history that each generation of adventurous women has rediscovered.

Focusing on paradigmatic figures ranging from Mary Wollstonecraft and Margaret Fuller to Germaine Greer and Susan Sontag, preeminent scholar Elaine Showalter uncovers common themes and patterns of these women's lives across the centuries and discovers the feminist intellectual tradition they embodied. The author brilliantly illuminates the contributions of Eleanor Marx, Zora Neale Hurston, Simone de Beauvoir, Margaret Mead, and many more.

Showalter, a highly regarded critic known for her provocative and strongly held opinions, has here established a compelling new Who's Who of women's thought. Certain to spark controversy, the omission of such feminist perennials as Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Virginia Woolf will surprise and shock the conventional wisdom.

This is not a history of perfect women, but rather of real women, whose mistakes and even tragedies are instructive and inspiring for women today who are still trying to invent themselves.

Synopsis:

Sure to take its place alongside the literary landmarks of modern feminism, Elaine Showalter's brilliant, provocative work chronicles the roles of feminist intellectuals from the eighteenth century to the present.

With sources as diverse as A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and Scream 2, Inventing Herself is an expansive and timely exploration of women who possess a boundless determination to alter the world by boldly experiencing love, achievement, and fame on a grand scale. These women tried to work, travel, think, love, and even die in ways that were ahead of their time. In doing so, they forged an epic history that each generation of adventurous women has rediscovered.

Focusing on paradigmatic figures ranging from Mary Wollstonecraft and Margaret Fuller to Germaine Greer and Susan Sontag, preeminent scholar Elaine Showalter uncovers common themes and patterns of these women's lives across the centuries and discovers the feminist intellectual tradition they embodied. The

About the Author

Elaine Showalter is professor of English and Avalon Foundation Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and the author of A Literature of Their Own and Sexual Anarchy. A frequent contributor and book reviewer for American magazines and British newspapers, including the London Times Literary Supplement, she has also written television reviews for People. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Contents

1. Adventures in Womanhood

2. Amazonian Beginnings: Mary Wollstonecraft

3. Radiant Sovereign Self: Margaret Fuller

4. The New Women: The Feminine Predicament

5. Transition Woman: Charlotte Perkins Gilman

6. Heterodoxy in America: A Feminist Tribe

7. Heterodoxy in Britain

8. The Dark Ladies of New York: Zenobia on the Hudson

9. The Lost Sex and the Second Sex: Simone de Beauvoir

10. Writing Well Is the Best Revenge: Susan Sontag

11. The Inner Revolution of the 1960s: Before the Revolution

12. Talkin' 'Bout My Generation: The 1970s

13. Divas: Germaine Greer and the Female Eunuch

14. Feminist Personae: Camille Paglia — Woman Alone

Epilogue: First Ladies: The Way We Live Now

NOTES

INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684822631
Subtitle:
Claiming a Feminist Intellectual Heritage
Author:
Showalter, Elaine
Author:
Elaine Showalter
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York
Subject:
History
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
Feminists
Subject:
Women intellectuals
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Social Science : Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Social Science-Women's Studies - History
Subject:
Social Science-Women's Studies - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
104-387
Publication Date:
20010301
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.56x6.41x1.14 in. 1.39 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Sure to take its place alongside the literary landmarks of modern feminism, Elaine Showalter's brilliant, provocative work chronicles the roles of feminist intellectuals from the eighteenth century to the present.

With sources as diverse as A Vindication of the Rights of Woman and Scream 2, Inventing Herself is an expansive and timely exploration of women who possess a boundless determination to alter the world by boldly experiencing love, achievement, and fame on a grand scale. These women tried to work, travel, think, love, and even die in ways that were ahead of their time. In doing so, they forged an epic history that each generation of adventurous women has rediscovered.

Focusing on paradigmatic figures ranging from Mary Wollstonecraft and Margaret Fuller to Germaine Greer and Susan Sontag, preeminent scholar Elaine Showalter uncovers common themes and patterns of these women's lives across the centuries and discovers the feminist intellectual tradition they embodied. The

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