New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2009.
xvii, 586 p. ; 25 cm.
A new literature springs up in the new world
Revolution: women's rights and women's writing
Their native land
Finding a form
Masterpieces and mass markets
Slavery, race, and women's writing
The Civil War
The coming woman
The golden morrow
Against women's writing: Wharton and Cather
You might as well live
The Great Depression
The 1940s: World War II and after
The 1950s: the three faces of Eve
The 1960s: live or die
The 1970s: the will to change
The 1980s: on the jury
The 1990s: anything she wants.
In a narrative of immense scope and fascination--spanning nearly 400 years and brimming with Showalter's characteristic wit and incisive opinions--readers are introduced to more than 250 female writers, both famous and little known.