This provocative study discusses two of the most significant influences on writing and thinking in the 20th century: women novelists and feminist theory. It demonstrates, in an accessible manner, ways of reading women's novels alongside work by feminist theorists. Each chapter situates a small number of theoretical texts in their intellectual context and then links them with a widely taught novel to produce fresh interpretations. The novels and theorists represent examples of significant, but also pedagogically useful, feminist writing this century.
SUSAN WATKINS is Senior Lecturer in English Literature in the School of Cultural Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University.