Shakespeare’s Sisters

Shakespeare’s Sisters

Feminist Essays on Women Poets
Distribution: World
Publication date: 02/22/1981
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-20263-5
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... the best collection of feminist essays on women poets now available." —Spokeswoman Review

[The essays] form a satisfying whole, stunningly enlightening, important for literature and women’s studies.... " —Library Journal

The essays in this landmark volume highlight the achievements of "Shakespeare’s sisters," including Emily Bronte, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, and others.

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Table of Contents


Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, Introduction: Gender, Creativity, and the Woman Poet

I. "A Lonesome Glee"—Poets before 1800
1. Catherine F. Smith, Jane Lead: Mysticism and the Woman Cloathed with the Sun
2. Wendy Martin, Anne Bradstreet’s Poetry: A Study of Subversive Piety
3. Katharine Rogers, Anne Finch, Countess of Winshilsea: An Augustan Woman Poet

II. "Titanic Opera"—Nineteenth-Century Poets

4. Nina Auerbach, This Changeful Life: Emily Bronte’s Anti-Romance
5. Helen Cooper, Working into Light: Elizabeth Barrett Browning
6. Dolores Rosenblum, Christina Rossetti: The Inward Pose
7. Adrienne Rich, Vesuvius at Home: The Power of Emily Dickinson
8. Albert Gelpi, Emily Dickinson and the Deerslayer: The Dilemma of the Woman Poet in America
9. Terence Diggory, Armored Women, Naked Men: Dickinson, Whitman and Their Successors

III. "The Silver Reticence"—Modernists

10. Jeanne Kammer, The Art of Silence and the Forms of Women’s Poetry
11. Gloria T. Hull, Afro-American Women Poets: A Bio-Critical Survey
12. Jane Stanbrough, Edna St. Vincent Millay and the Language of Vulnerability
13. Susan Gubar, The Echoing Spell of H.D.’s Trilogy

IV. "The Difference—Made Me Bold"—Contemporary Poets
14. Alicia Ostriker, May Swenson and the Shapes of Speculation
15. Hortense J. Spillers, Gwendolyn the Terrible: Propositions on Eleven Poems
16. Sandra M. Gilbert, A Fine, White Flying Myth: The Life/Work of Sylvia Plath
17. Suzanne Juhasz, Seeking the Exit of the Home: Poetry and Salvation in the Career of Anne Sexton
18. Barbara Charlesworth Gelpi, A Common Language: The American Woman Poet
19. Rachel Blau Duplessis, The Critique of Consciousness and Myth in Levertov, Rich, and Rukeyser

Selected Bibliography
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