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Whitson profiles 69 feminist writers--authors who have addressed women's oppression, challenged traditional gender roles, and advocated women's social, political and economic equality in "imaginative" rather than theoretical ways. Many are widely recognized; others such as Katherine Burdekin or Paule Marshall are less familiar but reclaimed by feminist scholars. Highly selective, this introductory reference emphasizes British and American works written in English. Happily, however, Whitson also covers significant works from other countries--Australia, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, India, South Africa--that have "had an important impact on feminist studies in America and other English-speaking countries." Author entries include biographical information, a bibliography, internal cross-references, and, in a feature that distinguishes this volume from similar resources, extensive summary interpretations of at least one major work, designed to "entice readership." A selection of 22 informative thematic entries, from "Abolition" and "Amazon" to "Spirituality," "Silence and Voice," and "Woman Question," draw from relevant writers and augment the usefulness of the volume. The book is intended for undergraduate, high school, and general readers. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Public and academic libraries. J. Ariel University of California, Irvine
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