The first and only one-volume guide to women's literature, and essential reference for both students and general readers. The work of 40 international scholars, this reference features over 5,000 A-to-Z entries on thousands of individual authors from the classical period to the middle ages to the present, detailed descriptions of works, and thematic entries on literary genres used frequently by women. 100 illustrations; chronology; bibliographies.
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This comprehensive one-volume guide provides information about women writers from every country in the world and from the classical period to the present. Writers represented by the 500 cross-referenced entries range from Phantasa, who preceded Homer, and the Chinese poet Mu Lan to such favorites as George Eliot, Eudora Welty, and Virginia Woolf. Of particular interest are the 38 introductory essays, which give an overview of women's writing by region and historical period. Another valuable section discusses the latest theories in feminist literary criticism. The scope of this book makes it a vital resource for anyone interested in additions to the literary canon and in exploring the contributions women have made to literature. Highly recommended for all academic libraries.
- Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo
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