Search Results: "Elaine Showalter"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 25, 2009

"Certain to make its way onto college course lists, Showalter's lucid, comprehensive survey should also find an appreciative audience of serious general readers."
At last—a New World companion volume to the distinguished feminist scholar's pioneering A Literature of Their Own: British Women Novelists from Brontë to Lessing (1977). Read full book review >

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THE CIVIL WARS OF JULIA WARD HOWE by Elaine Showalter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 8, 2016

"A rich life well deserving of reconsideration. Showalter provides a solid launching point."
An energetic new look at the author of the lyrics for "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" finds a modern feminist thread in the heroine's frustrated marriage. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 3, 1997

"Muscular, probably inflammatory, and elegantly expressed."
Applied scholarship in the best interdisciplinary tradition, examining how hysteria, the individual somaticization of anxiety, devolves to the ``hystories,'' or cultural narratives, of the title and how they in turn escalate into psychogenic epidemics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"Readable and mildly interesting, but shallow and sloppily reasoned—which is a disappointment from someone of Showalter's stature."
Feminist scholar Showalter (Sister's Choice, 1991, etc.) stirs together literary history, biography, personal reminiscence, and pop culture in a peculiar narrative that devotes as much time to female thinkers' dysfunctional private lives as to their public achievements. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"A mixed bag, then: a one-of-a-kind anthology that, though large, needs to be larger still to do its job, and that begs for more extensive annotation and context."
Overstuffed but still thin anthology highlighting women's contributions to American—and world—literature. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Her flaw: excessive quoting of scholars who don't write as well as she does, illustrating merely that she has done her homework. (Photographs of quilts.)"
The title of this collection of essays (some delivered as lectures at Oxford in 1989) refers to a quilting pattern—the image, as Showalter (English/Princeton; Sexual Anarchy, 1990, etc.) explains, that best describes women's literature in America: its communal and ritual nature, its continuity, its diversity, its history as a domestic art that lapsed into disrepute before being resurrected into a high art in the 60's. Read full book review >

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LEE & ELAINE by Ann Rower
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 19, 2002

"The upshot: She doesn't have much of a story, and neither do we."
Rower's second, as dismal as its predecessor (Armed Response, 1995), trades the former's West Coast trappings for the Hamptons as the artist/writer narrator tries desperately to turn the dead wives of rival painters William de Kooning and Jackson Pollock into posthumous friends—and straighten out her own life in the bargain. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2006

"A testament to the need to be heard, and to the restorative power of friendship."
A lonely wife finds solace in friendship. Read full book review >

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AFTER ELAINE by Ann L. Dreyer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"A likable heroine and a convincing exploration of loss. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A few weeks before the end of Gina's fifth-grade year, her angry, difficult older sister skips school and dies in a car accident with another teenager with whom she had been drinking. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 30, 1993

"Written in pedestrian prose—but nonetheless a continually engrossing, if depressing, portrait of an American master. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
An unvarnished life of ``action painter'' Willem de Kooning and his artist-wife, by Hall (past president of the Rhode Island School of Design; Betty Parsons, 1991—not reviewed). Read full book review >

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AUNT ELAINE DOES THE DANCE FROM SPAIN by Leah Komaiko
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"The story is slight but pleasantly frothy; Mathers, widely praised for her sophisticated colors and clean, imaginative design, breaks no new ground here but nicely captures the lighthearted spirit in her vibrant, delicately witty art. (Picture book. 4-8)"
``Aunt Elaine/thinks she's from Spain,/but she and Dad were born in Maine,'' confides Elaine's slightly nerdy-looking niece, Katy; as ``Elena,'' her aunt is enthusiastic about performing Spanish dances with what looks like a multicultural troupe. Read full book review >