This pathbreaking book of feminist criticism is now reissued with a substantial new introduction by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar that reveals the origins of their revolutionary realization in the 1970s that "the personal was the political, the sexual was the textual".
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction to the Second Edition: The Madwoman in the Academy
Pt. I. Toward a Feminist Poetics
1. The Queen's Looking Glass: Female Creativity, Male Images of Women, and the Metaphor of Literary Paternity
2. Infection in the Sentence: The Woman Writer and the Anxiety of Authorship
3. The Parables of the Cave
Pt. II. Inside the House of Fiction: Jane Austen's Tenants of Possibility
4. Shut Up in Prose: Gender and Genre in Austen's Juvenilia
5. Jane Austen's Cover Story (and Its Secret Agents)
Pt. III. How Are We Fal'n?: Milton's Daughters
6. Milton's Bogey: Patriarchal Poetry and Women Readers
7. Horror's Twin: Mary Shelley's Monstrous Eve
8. Looking Oppositely: Emily Bronte's Bible of Hell
Pt. IV. The Spectral Selves of Charlotte Bronte
9. A Secret, Inward Wound: The Professor's Pupil
10. A Dialogue of Self and Soul: Plain Jane's Progress
11. The Genesis of Hunger, According to Shirley
12. The Buried Life of Lucy Snowe
Pt. V. Captivity and Consciousness in George Eliot's Fiction
13. Made Keen by Loss: George Eliot's Veiled Vision
14. George Eliot as the Angel of Destruction
Pt. VI. Strength in Agony: Nineteenth-Century Poetry by Women
15. The Aesthetics of Renunciation
16. A Woman - White: Emily Dickinson's Yarn of Pearl.
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