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4.0 out of 5 stars A challenge to Showalter?, 25 May 2012
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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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