Rereading Women by Sandra M. Gilbert
Thirty Years of Exploring Our Literary Traditions

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A collection of essays that reexamine literature through a feminist gaze from "one of our most versatile and gifted writers" (Joyce Carol Oates).


"We think back through our mothers if we are women," wrote Virginia Woolf. In this groundbreaking series of essays, Sandra M. Gilbert explores how our literary mothers have influenced us in our writing and in life. She considers the effects of these literary mothers by examining her own history and the work of such luminaries as Charlotte Brontë, Emily Dickinson, and Sylvia Plath. In the course of the book, she charts her own development as a feminist, demonstrates ways of understanding the dynamics of gender and genre, and traces the redefinitions of maternity reflected in texts by authors such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning and George Eliot.



Throughout, Gilbert asks major questions about feminism in the twentieth century: Why and how did its ideas become so necessary to women in the sixties and seventies? What have those feminist concepts come to mean in the new century? And above all, how have our intellectual mothers shaped our thoughts today?
 

About Sandra M. Gilbert

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Sandra M. Gilbert is the author of numerous volumes of criticism and poetry, as well as a memoir. She is coeditor (with Susan Gubar) of The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women. A Distinguished Professor of English emerita at the University of California, Davis, she lives in Berkeley, California. Susan Gubar is the coauthor of The Madwoman in the Attic, a foundational work of feminist criticism, and the coeditor of The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
 
Published May 2, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 401 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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“To reread is both to read again and to read anew,” writes the author in a preface to a volume that does indeed contain some rethinking, including more nuanced assessments of female writers’ ambivalence toward powerful women than were possible in the giddy early days of the Second Wave.

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The Madwoman in the Attic, a reading of 19th-century women writers, which Gilbert co-wrote with Susan Gubar in 1979, was a landmark of second-wave feminism.

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“Rereading Women,” a collection of essays by renowned literary critic and feminist author Sandra Gilbert, serves as not only a critique, or rereading, of classic works by well-known women authors, but also Gilbert’s own journey to becoming a feminist scholar.

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