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Mothers of the Novel

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  34 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 5th 1988 by HarperCollins (first published 1986)
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Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it

One of the ways in which feminism has enthusiastically practised sexism is in the denial of the arts of their gender. So that there was a period where it was de rigueur to be contemptuous of knitting, sewing, etc etc etc, arts practised by women, but by definition not art according to men, that gender having defined what art is, and by making it things that aren’t useful, thus having denied the very existence of women as artists. A brilliant move on their part which ‘feminists’ upheld for
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love love love. This should be the backbone of any English lit syllabus and is a great resource for anyone looking to expand their reading of female authored classics. I learned so much about the specific authors mentioned, as well as the practice of women writing in the 17th and 18th century and how they went from being dominant writers of fiction, to undermined and maligned figures over the next 100 years. I'd probably heard of less than 10 of the women mentioned and there were over 100 names ...more
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Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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I can't even begin to talk about how incredibly important I find this book. Why is it so difficult to get, when Ian Watt's Rise of the Novel is still widely available? This seems to me illustrative of how relevant this book is, how necessary the things it says, and how important for anyone interested in feminism/literary history to absorb it.

Plus, every time I go back to it, I find myself thinking - Margaret Cavendish, what a badass! I feel like we need to reclaim her as a literary heroine. I'd
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
On the whole, a very useful and important book. At times I was troubled by the amount of speculation included, and by the broad generalizations Spender occasionally draws. However, if read with a grain of salt, this book details with great enthusiasm and passion the important work of canon revision that rests upon contemporary scholars.
Jun 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
I read this many years ago: and used it as ammunition when I took on my teachers at college. The curriculum was changed, but probably not for good.
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Dale Spender (born 1943) is an Australian feminist scholar, teacher, writer and consultant.

Spender was born in Newcastle, New South Wales, a niece of the crime writer Jean Spender (1901–70). The eldest of three, she has a younger sister Lynne, and a much younger brother Graeme. She attended the Burwood Girls High School, in Sydney. In her youthful days she was a Miss Kodak girl. In the later half