Inventing Herself
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Inventing Herself

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Inventing Herself is an account of women, from the 18th century to the present, who lived life on a grand scale. Elaine Showalter uncovers the lives of feminist intellectuals, focusing on figures ranging from Mary Wollstoncraft to Camille Paglia, her sources as diverse as A Vindication of the Rights of Women and Scream 2. She also scrutinizes the fragmenting feminism of th...more
Published December 1st 2007 by Pan MacMillan (first published March 20th 2001)
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I am fairly far from what one would call a "feminist". I love watching pageants, am happily married and cook and clean for my family and have old fashioned views about many things. But this book was intriguing and more about the history of feminism than trying to convert anyone. Showalter's definition of feminism turned out to be more independence of mind, body and spirit for a woman, however that is defined to the woman. I am taking some liberations with her message but the meaning was clear to...more
May 05, 2008 Ty rated it 3 of 5 stars
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The book does a good job at contextualising past feminist authors and their work. It provides a look into their personal lives, the corrolations and disconnects between the views they held and the ones they lived by. I wish it wasn't Europe & US centrict in scope, or at least that the title was reflective of this limited breadth when claiming to be about claiming a feminist intellectual heritage.
The first 3/4 of the book is much better than the last 1/4. Once we get into contemporary times,...more
think of it more as an overview and jumping off point for further reading than as a definitive text. the chapters on more recent history leave a lot to be desired, focusing more on showalter's personal experiences than anything else. and how long has it been since i've heard the name "jane gallop"!! how i have missed you, women's studies.
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Elaine Showalter (born 21 January 1941) is an American literary critic, feminist, and writer on cultural and social issues. She is one of the founders of feminist literary criticism in United States academia, developing the concept and practice of gynocritics.

She is well known and respected in both academic and popular cultural fields. She has written and edited numerous books and articles focusse...more
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