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Women Authors

  • Mermaids and the Production of Knowledge in Early Modern Englandby Tara E. Pedersen

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 104.95

    Addressing epistemological questions about embodiment and perception, author Tara Pedersen furthers research about early modern theatrical culture by focusing on under-theorized representations of mermaids in English locations and texts. This study positions the mermaid as a lens through which to reexamine historically specific debates about gender,... more...

  • Heteronormativity in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Cultureby Ana de Freitas Boe; Abby Coykendall

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 104.95

    Understanding heteronormativity is imperative for understanding the culture of the eighteenth century writ large, as well as the imaginaries of sex and sexuality that it bequeaths to the present. This collection foregrounds British, European, and transatlantic heteronormativities to pose vital, if vexing, questions about the degree of continuity subsisting... more...

  • Autobiographical Writing by Early Modern Hispanic Womenby Elizabeth Teresa Howe

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2015; US$ 119.95

    Women’s life writing in general has too often been ignored, dismissed, or relegated to a separate category in those few studies of the genre that include it. The present work addresses these issues and offers a countervailing argument that focuses on the contributions of women writers to the study of autobiography in Spanish during the early modern... more...

  • Contemporary American Women Writersby Catherine Rainwater; Willliam J. Scheick

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 25.00

    Ann Beattie, Annie Dillard, Maxine Hong Kingston, Toni Morrison, Cynthia Ozick, Grace Paley, Marge Piercy, Anne Redmon, Anne Tyler, and Alice Walker all seem to be especially concerned with narrative management. The ten essays in this book raise new and intriguing questions about the ways these leading women writers appropriate and transform generic... more...

  • American Women Writing Fictionby Mickey Pearlman

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 25.00

    American literature is no longer the refuge of the solitary hero. Like the society it mirrors, it is now a far richer, many-faceted explication of a complicated and diverse society -- racially, culturally, and ethnically interwoven and at the same time fractured and fractious. Ten women writing fiction in America today -- Toni Cade Bambara, Joan... more...

  • Authority and Female Authorship in Colonial Americaby William J. Scheick

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Should women concern themselves with reading other than the Bible? Should women attempt to write at all? Did these activities violate the hierarchy of the universe and men's and women's places in it? Colonial American women relied on the same authorities and traditions as did colonial men, but they encountered special difficulties validating themselves... more...

  • The Eternal Crossroadsby Leon V. Driskell; Joan T. Brittain

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Flannery O'Connor was a writer of extraordinary power and virtuosity. Her strong supple prose blends humor, pathos, satire, and grotesquerie which leads the reader to the evil at the center of the self's labyrinth. There, she confronts that evil with originality and power, pulling the reader into consideration of the terrifying dependencies of love... more...

  • The Delicate Distressby Elizabeth Griffith

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 29.95

    Actress, playwright, and novelist, Elizabeth Griffith (1727-1793) won fame in England with the publication in 1757 of the first two volumes of Letters Between Henry and Frances , letters from her own courtship with Richard Griffith whom she secretly married in 1751. Her first novel, The Delicate Distress (1769), focuses on the problems women... more...

  • The Excellence of Falsehoodby Deborah L. Ross

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 45.00

    "The only excellence of falsehood... is its resemblance to truth," proclaims a clergyman in Charlotte Lennox's The Female Quixote . He argues that romances are bad art; novels, he implies, are better. This clergyman's remarks -- repeating what literary and moral authorities had been saying since the late seventeenth century -- are central to Deborah... more...

  • The Excursionby Frances Brooke; Paula R. Backsheider; Hope D. Cotton

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 29.95

    Frances Brooke (1724-1789), journalist, translator, playwright, novelist, and even co-manager of a theater, was described as "perhaps the first female novel-writer who attained a perfect purity and polish of style." Today, Brooke is known primarily for The History of Emily Montague, one of the earliest novels about Canada, where she lived for a... more...