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    DescriptionIn this work of feminist literary criticism the authors explore the works of many major 19th-century women writers. They chart a tangible desire expressed for freedom from the restraints of a confining patriarchal society and trace a distinctive female literary tradition.


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    Title
    The Madwoman in the Attic
    Subtitle
    The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literacy Imagination
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sandra M. Gilbert, By (author) Susan Gubar
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 762
    Width: 124 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 51 mm
    Weight: 635 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300084580
    ISBN 10: 0300084587
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    BIC subject category V2: DSBF, DSK
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AB
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/19CNTY, CULT/BRITIS
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JFFK
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17400
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004120, LIT004290
    B&T General Subject: 495
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
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    B&T Approval Code: A25100000
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    BIC subject category V2: 2AB
    B&T Approval Code: A25011900
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    DC22: 820.9/9287/09034, 820.9928709
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    LC classification: PR115 .G5 2000
    DC21: 820.9928709034
    LC classification: PR115.G5 2
    Thema V1.0: JBSF11, DSK, DSBF
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3MN
    Thema language qualifier V1.0: 2ACB
    Edition
    2, New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    05 September 2000
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Review text
    This book asks the question: If the pen is a metaphorical penis, where does that leave women writers? Answer: Not out in the cold, but boxed in the architectural shapes of patriarchal society (from the parlor to the glass coffin) and of paternal literary forms. When a woman picks up the pen, argue English professors Gilbert and Gubar (Univ. of Calif., Davis, and Indiana Univ., respectively), she is transformed from the angel of papa's house to slimy monster and falls victim to understandable anxiety. Consequently, they say, the work of 19th-century women writers is haunted by complementary images of confinement and agoraphobia; the heroine often is trapped in her mirror like Snow White or, like Jane Eyre, twin to the madwoman in the attic. Aware of their fall from Lilith's primordial power, the women writers spin images of disease and more subtle fantasies of subversion. The authors advance this picture of the female literary imagination in three relentlessly metaphoric chapters moving "toward a feminist poetics," then illustrate and amplify their theory by close (sometimes microscopic) readings of Austen, the Brontes, Eliot, Dickinson, and a score of other writers. At times their analysis strikes brilliant sparks, but at others it is merely convoluted. On a poem by Christina Rossetti, they write: "Plainly, the very act of poetic assertion, with its challenge to attempt self-definition or at least self-confrontation, elicits evasions, anxieties, hostilities, in brief painful preoccupations,' from all competitors, so that the jolly poetry game paradoxically contains the germ of just that gloom it seems designed to dispel." But on the whole it's an ambitious and provocative attempt to reevaluate some of the best and least of 19th-century writers in terms of an aesthetic of their own. (Kirkus Reviews)