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4.0 out of 5 stars A challenge to Showalter?, 25 May 2012
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Christopher H (Keilor, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Women Who Did: Stories by Men and Women, 1890-1914 (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
This book overlaps, and in some ways updates, Elaine Showalter's influential 1993 anthology Daughters Of Decadence: Women Writers of the Fin-de-siecle. A couple of stories from Showalter's earlier selection do not make this new cut, although it is larger, includes work by male writers, and extends the scope to WW1.

The main difference between the anthologies is in the contextual introduction by Angelique Richardson. Where Showalter gave a short pithy introduction to the literary aspects of women's writings, Richardson presents a long systematic summary of the issues and debates affecting the "New Woman" question.

Showalter's remains the more illuminating piece in terms of Feminist criticism; although undergrads new to the study of Women's writing will find Richardson's essay fills in the turbulent, chauvinistic social and political background that these writers had to struggle against.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Collection..., 30 July 2011
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D. L. Nixon (Newcastle Upon Tyne, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Women Who Did: Stories by Men and Women, 1890-1914 (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
This is a lovely collection of stories, definitely would recommend to anyone who enjoys literature or even just good stories!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Review of "Women Who Did", 31 July 2003
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"Women Who Did" was a revelation. Amazingly enough the part I enjoyed most was the introduction. Richardson's background is highly informative but at no time do you feel you've been forced into reading an introduction which is irrelevant to the text. The stories themselves are a delightful mix combining humour with a very emphatic message. At the end of every story i was expecting the 'happy ever after' ending that you might find in 'Chick Lit' but it never came. There is a definite feel of feminism about the text but this is diminshed by the presence of male authors. A book to read from cover to cover or dip into when you want a story of no more than ten pages.
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Women Who Did: Stories by Men and Women, 1890-1914 (Penguin Classics) by Various contributors (Paperback - 7 July 2005)
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