Thursday, Sep 02, 2021 6:00p -
Boston Public Library (Online)
700 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116
Join the Boston Public Library in partnership with American Ancestors/NEHGS and the GBH Forum Network for an online talk with Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, authors of Still Mad: American Women Writers and the Feminist Imagination.
Forty years after their first groundbreaking work of feminist literary theory, The Madwoman in the Attic, these award-winning collaborators map the literary history of feminism’s second wave. Still Mad is a brilliant, sweeping history of the contemporary women’s movement told through the lives and works of the literary women who shaped it.
People who are interested in attending are kindly asked to register at the following link: https://wgbh.zoom.us/webinar/register/6016275803548/WN_SPLKDKTMTGuXXBWQl7dwfA
About the book
“Popular narratives of the modern women’s movement rightly emphasize the pamphlets, consciousness-raising groups, and protests that exposed and named the hidden injuries women experience in their lives. Missing from these stories are the extraordinary writers who created a new feminist literary tradition that revealed the rage and dreams of several generations of feminists. Still Mad, brilliantly curated by Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, is an invaluable gift for understanding how great writers imagined a new and different future for women.”
―Ruth Rosen, author of The World Split Open: How the Modern Women’s Movement Changed America
From its stirrings in the midcentury―when Sylvia Plath, Betty Friedan, and Joan Didion found their voices and Diane di Prima, Lorraine Hansberry, and Audre Lorde discovered community in rebellion―to a resurgence in the new millennium in the writings of Alison Bechdel, Claudia Rankine, and N. K. Jemisin, Gilbert and Gubar trace the evolution of feminist literature. They offer lucid, compassionate, and piercing readings of major works by these writers and others, including Adrienne Rich, Ursula K. Le Guin, Maxine Hong Kingston, Susan Sontag, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Toni Morrison. Activists and theorists like Nina Simone, Gloria Steinem, Andrea Dworkin, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and Judith Butler also populate these pages as Gilbert and Gubar examine the overlapping terrain of literature and politics in a comprehensive portrait of an expanding movement.
As Gilbert and Gubar chart feminist gains―including creative new forms of protests and changing attitudes toward gender and sexuality―they show how the legacies of second wave feminists, and the misogynistic culture they fought, extend to the present. In doing so, they celebrate the diversity and urgency of women who have turned passionate rage into powerful writing.
To order this book from one of our local independent community bookstore partners, Porter Square Books, please visit this link to their website: https://www.portersquarebooks.com/book/9780393651713
About the authors
Sandra M. Gilbert is a distinguished literary critic, poet, and professor emerita at the University of California, Davis. The author, most recently, of Judgment Day: Poems, she lives in Berkeley, California.
Susan Gubar is an acclaimed memoirist, literary critic, and professor emerita at Indiana University. The author, most recently, of Late-Life Love: A Memoir, she lives in Bloomington, Indiana. Gubar is the co-author, with Sandra M. Gilbert, of The Madwoman in the Attic, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and co-editor of The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, among other volumes. In 2012, they were awarded the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Book Critics Circle.