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The Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English - Lorna Sage

The Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English

By: Lorna Sage (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 13th October 1999
ISBN: 9780521495257
Number Of Pages: 706

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This guide to women's writing in English aims to consolidate and epitomize the rereading of women's writing that has gone on in the past twenty-five years. There are entries on writers, on individual texts, and on general terms, genres and movements, all printed in a single alphabetical sequence. The earliest written documents in medieval English (the visionary writings of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe) are covered in an historical and geographical sweep that takes us up to the present. The entries reflect the spread of literacy, the history of colonization, and the development of postcolonial cultures using and changing the English language. The contributors are chosen from all the countries around the world--and represent academics, novelists, poets, critics, women and men. The result is a work of reference with a feel for the vitality, wealth and diversity of women's writing. Lorna Sage is Professor of English Literature at the University of East Anglia. She is also a literary journalist whose articles have appeared in such periodicals as the Times Literary Supplement, the London Review of Books and the New York Times Book Review

Industry Reviews

'This is an admirable collection, put together by an editor who knows so much about women's writing, from different times, and from all over the world. There are all kinds of surprises and delights here. A book for browsing through, a bedside book.' Doris Lessing 'There are few books that one can say, on oath, that this has not been done before but as there has been, thus far, only one Lorna Sage, nothing as learned, as witty and wise as her Guide to Women's Writing has appeared before the new millennium.' Gore Vidal 'This new guide is exhilarating: it ranges deep and wide, weaving a tremendous tapestry of women's writing, of their lives, scholarship, opinions, imagination, struggles and triumphs. The entries are spirited, acute, packed with fresh insights sparked by the latest research. The culmination of the last two decades's work in literary history and theory, it should make all those who love English literature exult that, contrary to rumour, the subject is thriving.' Marina Warner 'A really useful guide to a body of writing that cuts across traditional literary categories and geographical boundaries.' David Lodge ' ... features nearly 2,400 short articles on writers, their writings and the genres to which they contribute ... some two dozen entries on genres and sub-types recognize the importance of 'minor' prose genres such as the diary, travel writing, and even cookery books, the last sorely neglected in most treatments of women's writing.' The Times Literary Supplement

ISBN: 9780521495257
ISBN-10: 0521495253
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 706
Published: 13th October 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.45 x 18.44  x 4.7
Weight (kg): 1.5