Humane, literate and constantly entertaining (Literary Review
A triumph... gleams with wit and wry insight (New Statesman & Society
is a brilliant, provocative, immensely readable and intelligent book by one of our most astute critics. It will surely rank as one of the very finest literary-cultural studies of our time (Joyce Carol Oates)
Showalter moves nimbly between high culture and low, popular newspaper reports and little known novels, mass entertaiments and arthouse movies, and her voice stays even and humane (Marina Warner INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
Excels in the sheer wealth and vibrancy of detail she amasses... gains its power through an allusive collage of insights (Lisa Appignanesi SUNDAY TIMES
About the Author
Elaine Showalter was born in Cambridge, Mass in 1941 and was educated at Bryn Mawr College and the University of California. From 1967 to 1984 she taught at English and Women's Studies at Rutger's University and is now Professor of English at Princeton University.