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A poet, feminist critic, and professor of English at the University of California at Davis, Gilbert received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1968. Her early work addressed canonical male figures, but in the 1970s she began to focus on women writers from a feminist perspective, teaming up with mostrar mais Susan Gubar in what has proven to be a very influential collaboration. In 1979 they published their first joint efforts, a collection of feminist essays on women poets, Shakespeare's Sisters, and The Madwoman in the Attic, an exploration of major nineteenth-century women writers, which has had a major role in defining feminist scholarship. This massive volume takes its title from Jane Eyre's "mad" and monstrous double, Bertha, hidden away in the attic by Jane's would-be lover, Rochester; Gilbert and Gubar see figures like Bertha as resisting patriarchy, subversive surrogates for the docile heroines who populate nineteenth-century fiction by women. Although Gilbert and Gubar's ideas have been very influential, many critics, particularly poststructuralists, have taken issue with them. For Gilbert and Gubar, a woman writer is by definition angry, and her text will express that anger, albeit in disguised or distorted form. Reading hinges on knowing the sex of the author, rather than on a careful analysis of the text itself and the multivalency of its language. Gilbert and Gubar's work is part of a debate about essentialist and antiessentialist feminist theories, which has addressed issues like "the signature" (the significance of knowledge about the author and authorial intentions) and gendered expression in general. (Bowker Author Biography) Sandra M. Gilbert's most recent poetry collection is "Blood Pressure". She teaches at the University of California, Davis. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Sandra M. Gilbert

Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism: A Norton Reader (2007) — Editor — 70 exemplares
Ghost Volcano: Poems (1995) 27 exemplares
The Culinary Imagination: From Myth to Modernity (2014) — Autor — 25 exemplares
Wrongful Death: A Memoir (1995) 23 exemplares
Blood Pressure (1988) 18 exemplares
Mothersongs: Poems For, By, and About Mothers (1995) — Editor — 15 exemplares
Emily's Bread (1984) 14 exemplares
Aftermath: Poems (2011) 14 exemplares
Belongings: Poems (2004) 11 exemplares
Masterpiece Theatre (1995) 10 exemplares
In the fourth world : poems (1979) 5 exemplares
Judgment Day: Poems (2019) 3 exemplares
Summer Kitchen (1983) 3 exemplares
Pinocchio (poem) 1 exemplar
No Man's Land 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Secret Garden (1911) — Introdução, algumas edições35,466 exemplares
Orlando: A Biography (1928) — Introdução, algumas edições10,654 exemplares
The Awakening (1899) — Editor, algumas edições9,204 exemplares
The Awakening and Selected Stories (1899) — Editor, algumas edições1,205 exemplares
My Brilliant Career (1901) — Introdução, algumas edições1,202 exemplares
The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (1983) — Contribuidor — 1,134 exemplares
The Classic Fairy Tales [Norton Critical Edition] (1998) — Contribuidor — 1,018 exemplares
Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama (1995) — Contribuidor, algumas edições926 exemplares
The Awakening [Norton Critical Edition, 1st ed.] (1976) — Contribuidor — 818 exemplares
Criticism: Major Statements (1964) — Contribuidor — 223 exemplares
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Second Annual Collection (1987) — Contribuidor — 199 exemplares
Aurora Leigh [Norton Critical Edition] (1996) — Contribuidor — 173 exemplares
The State of the Language [1990] (1979) — Contribuidor — 88 exemplares
Writing and Sexual Difference (Phoenix Series) (1982) — Contribuidor — 61 exemplares
The Poetics of Gender (1986) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks (2017) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
The Brontë Sisters (Bloom's BioCritiques) (2002) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Textual Analysis: Some Readers Reading (1986) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
The Oxford handbook of the elegy (2010) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Victorian Women Poets: A Critical Reader (1996) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Yes, it's dated, but for my generation this was so exciting. This made going to grad school feel like punk rock (for grad students, so, y'know, not that punk). We were going to change the academy & then the world & Gilbert & Gubar were showing us how.
Try to read this book as if it's the first or at most second piece of feminist criticism you've ever read. Imagine Austen & the Brontes and Dickinson constantly trivialized and George Eliot lauded for her masculine writing in everything you've seen before. Try to think about Bertha Rochester's life as completely unproblematic. Then read this book and you'll get a sense of what we felt.… (mais)
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susanbooks | 5 outras críticas | Nov 17, 2018 |
beautiful collection, must buy a copy for myself
viviennestrauss | Jul 29, 2016 |
Another university textbook I've been meaning to read cover-to-cover for a long time. Famous enough that everyone ignores the clever title and just calls it "Gilbert & Gubar", over 600 pages long, and with in-depth studies of half a dozen of the biggest names in nineteenth-century literature, it's a daunting prospect. Happily it turns out to be eminently readable, much more so than I remember from when I was writing essays - maybe my standards have changed?

The really important thing about it, of course, is that it's one of the books that made respectable the idea that we need to look at the work of women writers in terms of their role as women in the society of the time, and also bearing in mind that they were writing for a largely female audience. (G&G appeared in 1979, about the same time as Elaine Showalter's A literature of their own.) Where more recent feminist critique tends to mix in other theoretical approaches, G&G look almost exclusively at how women writers deal with and aare influenced by the situation of women in the society of their times, and their own role as women writers in particular. How do you deal with the assertive act of speaking out in print in a society where the ideal of feminine behaviour is supposed to be passive and silent? Despite the famous, aggressively Freudian, opening line, there is little or no recourse to the usual male authority-figures of lit-crit (Marx, Freud, Derrida, Barthes, Foucault...). Virginia Woolf, of course, is quoted heavily, and G&G have quite a bit to say about how 19th century women writers saw each others' work.

One part I found especially interesting was the discussion of how women writers engaged with Milton: maybe an obvious question to pose for Frankenstein and Middlemarch, but not at all self-evident for Wuthering Heights until you've seen their analysis.

With hindsight, one of the surprising things about the book is the way it sticks to the narrowly-defined "canon" of 19th century English writing - there is only the very briefest discussion of Victorian popular novelists who have since fallen out of favour (Mrs Oliphant, Charlotte M. Yonge, Harriet Beecher Stowe, etc.), and apart from Emily Dickinson there is nothing about women writers who were relatively unknown in their own time. Obviously the reason for this is that they want to concentrate their energy on the writers who have received the lioness's share of critical attention and show how looking at them as women can change our perception of their work and what it is trying to say. Rediscovering writers who were unfairly neglected isn't part of their remit. But it does mean that you shouldn't try to use this book on its own to get a view of women's writing in 19th century England (and New England...). Let alone anywhere else.
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thorold | 5 outras críticas | Jul 20, 2015 |
Liked first few chapters, but fell victim to book overload
beckydj | 1 outra crítica | Jun 7, 2015 |



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