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4.0 out of 5 stars Dated in Places but still required reading, 20 Nov 2007
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Mrs. K. A. Wheatley "katywheatley" (Leicester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This book by Gilbert and Gubar was groundbreaking literary criticism when it was first published, and paved the way for an explosion in feminist literary criticism that allowed much existing work to be re-evaluated and enriched by what women had to say
I recently re-read this work, and have to say that some of it is now dated, and the enormous preface to the recent edition does not really add anything to the main body of text, although it does go some way to setting the scene for the research. It seems dated because what Gilbert and Gubar once fought for is now taken for granted by so many, which just shows the success of their achievements.
The majority of the work on the 19th Century novels themselves, particularly the work of Charlotte Bronte is invaluable and always enriching and interesting. Nobody should be able to read these novels without reading these essays because they just make so much sense. The central tenet about the writer and their ability to express the unexpressible aspects of themselves through their literary creations and in particular the character of Bertha Mason from Jane Eyre, is still breathtaking and brilliant. A must read for any serious students of nineteenth century literature.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Feminist lit-crit of the highest order, 26 May 2001
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This review is from: The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-century Literary Imagination (Yale Nota Bene) (Paperback)
This is the sort of criticism that expands your impression of literature. The authors cast a fresh light on classic women's writing - Austen, the Brontes, etc - by examining how a woman writer's self-perception is shaped by patriarchy and a mysoginistic tradition, and that the anxiety caused by being 'unfeminine' can be found within the writing. It's also well written enough to be read for fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!!, 8 Nov 2013
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This review is from: The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-century Literary Imagination (Yale Nota Bene) (Paperback)
Gilbert & Gubar have written an absolutely fantastic book here. There are a few separate sections, two of which are specifically focused on Frankenstein and Jane Eyre. The very appropriate title is aimed at Jane Eyre and what the authors do here is analyse these texts based on feminist trends and the treatment of insanity in these novels. It is very insightful and provides an eye for detail to the texts. Unlike most critical books like this, this is actually an enjoyable read. Fantastic, very happy with the purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 23 Nov 2012
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This review is from: The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-century Literary Imagination (Yale Nota Bene) (Paperback)
The item came quickly with good packaging. The book is essential reading, especially for those studying english at uni. Highly detailed and interesting, the quality of the content extends throughout the great variety of authors, novels and characters. The focus on psychoanalytic and feminist approach is rewarding and fascinating. Would highly recommend this book for people who read a great deal of classic literature, anyone particularly focused on feminism and those studying english. However, despite being a big read it is engrossing so I would recommend it to many. Great book, will probably read it/ refer back to it many a time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantasic book, a great read, 26 Sep 2012
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Used this to write my dissertation for my undergraduate degree, and have since gone back to read it again. An insightful read, thanks very much
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 10 April 2013
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This review is from: The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-century Literary Imagination (Yale Nota Bene) (Paperback)
Very good critical analysis of select 19th Century works of literature, extremely interesting and useful to what I am studying at present. Would recommend.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great insight into Victorian feminism, 3 Oct 1999
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A must for anyone interested in the feminist aspects of Victorian writing. Gilbert and Gubar explore the writings of canonical Victorian women such as Austen, Eliot and the Bronte sisters with an insight sure to fascinate the academic or just the interested everyday reader.
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