Elaine Showalter

Standard Name: Showalter, Elaine


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Family and Intimate relationships Helen Mathers
Her mother, about whom little is known, was born Maria Buckingham . Her daughter's most famous work, Comin' Thro' the Rye, depicts a sweet and exhausted mother who is, according to critic Elaine Showalter
Intertextuality and Influence Adrienne Rich
Rich was during her lifetime and still is widely acclaimed and honoured as a major poet, theorist, and critic of culture. Her poetry and prose have been examined in literary and social criticism, and in...
Intertextuality and Influence Michèle Roberts
Apart from the helpfulness of those close to her, Roberts acknowledges here the scholarly work of Alex Owen and Elaine Showalter .
Roberts, Michèle. In the Red Kitchen. Methuen.
She felt, too, that the book was influenced by the place where...
Intertextuality and Influence Michelene Wandor
MW became interested in Browning in 1972 after reading an article by feminist critic Elaine Showalter , but did not begin writing the play for a few years. She found the process of adapting the...
Literary responses Maggie Gee
Elaine Showalter picked this as a favourite read of the year, saying that it brilliantly negotiates the explosive racial territory that it stakes out.
“2009 in Review: Christmas Books”. Guardian Weekly.
Literary responses Sarah Grand
Elaine Showalter brought SG to the attention of late-twentieth-century New Woman and feminist criticism in A Literature of Their Own, 1977, where she discussed The Heavenly Twins and The Beth Book.
Mangum, Teresa. Married, Middlebrow, and Militant: Sarah Grand and the New Woman Novel. University of Michigan Press.
Literary responses Charlotte Brontë
Most major shifts in second-wave feminist literary criticism have been marked by influential rereadings of Jane Eyre: Ellen Moers (1976) and Elaine Showalter (1977) in the assertion of a female literary tradition; the Marxist-Feminist Literature Collective
Literary responses Geraldine Jewsbury
Despite GJ 's reputation among her contemporaries as a major influence on Victorian literature, her contributions as author and critic have faded into obscurity. Late in the period, Margaret Oliphant passed her over in The...
Literary responses Pearl S. Buck
Maxine Hong Kingston , meanwhile, said in 1992 that her search for Chinese women's voices was first answered by PSB 's work.
Conn, Peter. Pearl S. Buck. A Cultural Biography. Cambridge University Press.
83, n93
Elaine Showalter has written that it is time for Buck to...
Literary responses Mary Cholmondeley
Most literary reviews were positive, some comparing MC to Charlotte Brontë or George Eliot ; The Spectator called the novel brilliant and exhilarating.
Colby, Vineta. “’Devoted Amateur’: Mary Cholmondeley and Red Pottage”. Essays in Criticism, Vol.
, No. 2, pp. 213-28.
An Edinburgh Review article written in 1900 praised Red Pottage in...
Literary responses Olive Schreiner
The book is a landmark text. In an introduction to an edition of 1968, Doris Lessing (who first read it when she was fourteen) identified it as one of the few rare books ....
Literary responses Dinah Mulock Craik
Elaine Showalter initiated feminist interest in DMC , first with a substantial article and then with treatment of her as a paradigmatic feminine novelist who promoted domesticity as a defensive strategy.
Showalter, Elaine. “Dinah Mulock Craik and the Tactics of Sentiment: A Case Study in Victorian Female Authorship”. Feminist Studies, Vol.
, pp. 5-23.
Showalter, Elaine. A Literature of Their Own. Princeton University Press.
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Literary responses Ethel Lilian Voynich
Bertrand Russell exclaimed that it was one of the most exciting novels [he had] read in the English language.
MacHale, Desmond. The Life and Work of George Boole: A Prelude to the Digital Age. Cork University Press.
Ramm, Benjamin. The Irish novel that seduced the USSR.
Many responses were inflected by gender. Frederick Rolfe (Baron Corvo) poetically asserted: It is doubtful...
Literary responses Margaret Drabble
Elaine Showalter has called this story clever, playful and unpretentious.
Showalter, Elaine. “A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman by Margaret Drabble”. Guardian Weekly, p. 40.
Literary responses Jeanette Winterson
Advance readers compared the book favourably to Winterson' s popular early novels, even though they considered it to contain the same excesses that readers disliked in later works. However, according to Elaine Showalter in the...


1977: Elaine Showalter published A Literature of...

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Elaine Showalter published A Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelists From Brontë to Lessing, an important work in women's literary history.

26 September 1991: Elaine Showalter published Sister's Choice:...

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26 September 1991

Elaine Showalter published Sister's Choice: Traditions and Change in American Women's Writing , complement or sequel to her book of British women's literary history, A Literature of Their Own, 1977.

By early March 2009: Elaine Showalter published A Jury of Her...

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By early March 2009

Elaine Showalter published A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers From Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx.


Showalter, Elaine. “A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman by Margaret Drabble”. Guardian Weekly, p. 40.
Showalter, Elaine. A Literature of Their Own. Princeton University Press, 1977.
Showalter, Elaine. “Dinah Mulock Craik and the Tactics of Sentiment: A Case Study in Victorian Female Authorship”. Feminist Studies, Vol.
, pp. 5-23.
Showalter, Elaine. “Emily Dickinson unlaced”. Guardian Weekly, p. 34.
Showalter, Elaine. “Eternal Triangles in Cyberspace”. Guardian Weekly, p. 18.
Showalter, Elaine, and Olive Schreiner. “Introduction”. The Story of an African Farm, Bantam, 1993, p. vii - xxi.
Rossetti, Christina, and Dinah Mulock Craik. Maude; On Sisterhoods; A Woman’s Thoughts about Women. Editor Showalter, Elaine, New York University Press, 1993.
Showalter, Elaine. “Sisters at odds”. The Guardian, p. G2, 18.
Showalter, Elaine. The Female Malady: Women, Madness, and English Culture, 1830-1980. Pantheon Books, 1985.
Showalter, Elaine. “The Snowman Cometh”. London Review of Books, p. 35.
Showalter, Elaine. “Witnesses of the word”. The Guardian, p. Review 10.