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The Madwoman in the Attic by Sandra M. Gilbert
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Dec 09, 11

Read from November 17 to December 08, 2011

The 600+ page tome of dense literary criticism is not for the lighthearted and, to be honest, I would not recommend reading it straight through. Gilbert and Gubar fail to deliver on their promised thesis of the overarching theme of angel versus monster in texts written by female authors in the nineteenth century.

That said, if you've read the books they're discussing, it can be fascinating. My favorite parts by far were the take down of the Snow White tale and the chapters on Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and Villette. I'm sure if I remembered more from Austen, Eliot, and Dickinson, I would have enjoyed the text more.
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