Elaine Showalter ’62 publishes first comprehensive history of American women writers

Posted February 3rd, 2009 at 5:06 pm.

In A Jury of Her Peers: American Woman Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx, Elaine Showalter ’62 examines the work of more than 250 authors whose work was published over a span of about 350 years, making the volume the first comprehensive survey of women’s literature in the United States ever published. Showalter, the founder of one of the first women’s studies programs in the United States (at Rutgers University, in the early 1970s) and a professor emerita at Princeton University, is widely considered a leading feminist literary authority; in addition to her scholarly publications, she is often asked to discuss books and popular culture in the popular media in both the United States and Britain. The book, published by the Alfred A. Knopf imprint of Random House, will be available Feb. 24.

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