Publisher description for A literature of their own : British women novelists from Brontče to Lessing / Elaine Showalter.

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Counter When first published in 1977, A Literature of Their Own quickly set the stage for the creative explosion of feminist literary studies that transformed the field in the 1980s. Launching a major new area for literary investigation, the book uncovered the long but neglected tradition of women writers in England. A classic of feminist criticism, its impact continues to be felt today.

This revised and expanded edition contains a new introductory chapter surveying the book's reception and a new postscript chapter celebrating the legacy of feminism and feminist criticism in the efflorescence of contemporary British fiction by women.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: English fiction Women authors History and criticism, English fiction 19th century History and criticism, English fiction 20th century History and criticism, Women and literature Great Britain History, Women novelists, English Biography