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Reference Book of the Week: Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature

Greetings and welcome to another edition of Reference Book of the Week here at The Patriot Spot. This is our last entry for the March observance of Women's History Month. However, it is not the least. This week we are featuring the Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature (REF PN 471 .W455 2004) edited by Kathy J. Whitson. You can find this excellent source of information on feminist writers and issues in the library's reference collection in the second floor. So, what will you find in this volume?
  • The book looks at early writers such as Christine de Pizan all the way to the 21st century.
  • Do note that most of the focus is on American and other writers from English-speaking nations. However, the volume does include a good number of international writers and covers significant works in translation.
  • Get a biography of the authors covered as well as an extensive summary of the authors' major works as well as a list of other works in each entry.
  • The volume mostly looks at what the editor defines as imaginative writers rather than feminist theorists. In other words, think novelists, poets, etc.
  • Entries on topics such as "domesticity" and "gothic."
The editor chose the writers featured in the volume on the basis of how they have challenged traditional gender roles, explored female oppression, and/or critiqued patriarchal social structures. Overall, this is a very easy to use volume on feminist literature and literature by women.
Published by root on 31 Mar

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