Good in Good jacket. 1979. Unmarked text; moderate wear & aging to jacket; light reading wear. Ships with tracking the same or next business day from New Haven, CT. We fully guarantee to ship the exact same item as listed and work hard to maintain our excellent customer service.
Very Good in Not Applicable jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Card covers, stout 8vo, pp. xvi, 719. A fresh study of the 19th century female novelists. Covers lightly browned, with slight edge wear. Contents clean and tight. VG Heavy book weighing c1200g when wrapped, exceeding the default of 1000g used for the postage quotation, and so the extra postage at cost will be requested at the time of order if to be sent overseas or by 1st class post in the UK.
Slight creasing at folds of dust jacket. Some creasing and wear at corners and edges of dust jacket. Very slight wear at edges of boards. Very slight foxing at edges of page block. Otherwise very good indeed in very good dust jacket. 8vo. pp xiv, 719. Original publisher's red cloth with lettered gilt at the spine. ISBN: 0300022867.
Deriving its title from the character of Bertha in Charlotte Bronte's JANE EYRE, who was locked in an attic by her husband Rochester, this book is a must-have for those in literary criticism and gender studies.
Co-authors Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar examine Victorian literature from a feminist perspective, specifically looking at the works of Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, the Bronte Sisters, George Eliot and Emily Dickinson.
MADWOMAN is but one of the works by Gilbert, a professor of English, and Gubar, a professor of both English and Women's Studies. Considered a ground-breaking work in multiple fields, the text is viewed as one of second-wave feminism's most important texts.
The book's central notion is that 19th century women writers were restrained to creating female characters who fit into one of only two roles: "angel" or "monster." This was in specific response to male writers who saw women as either purely angelic females or rebellious - and often insane - madwomen. Throughout the work, Gilbert and Gubar stress the need for women writers to destroy both stereotypes as neither represents womanhood (for writers or the general population). The authors quote Virgina Woolf, imploring women writers to "kill the aesthetic ideal through which they themselves have been 'killed' into art."
While the book is lengthy, its arguments and analysis are fascinating, funny and written with fire. Certainly not something to be read over a weekend, it's a foundational work that's worth owning for students of English, Gender Studies, Sociology and Media Studies. Much of the analysis can easily be moved from the Victorian age to successive eras with regard to the portrayal of women in literature, film and television. A serious must have for those interested in gender issues!
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