London: Verso, 1986. First Edition. Paperback. Used - Fine. Index. 232 pp. Item #6068
The essays in this book develop a socialist-feminist perspective on a wide range of crucial and diverse issues in feminist theory and cultural criticism. They explore the present and past of feminist debates on sexuality, from Wollsontecraft through Millett and Rich. Using both psychoanalysis and Marxism they pose questions about the place of women's writing in the construction of class, race and gender hierarchies. They ask us to engage with the expression of difference in the work of Mary Wollstonecraft, Charlotte Brontë, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Dickinson, Alice Walker and Colleen McCullough, and in the theory that interprets this body of work. Looking at popular romance from "Jane Eyre" to "The Thorn Birds", Cora Kaplan shows how feminist understanding of subjectivity and sexual difference engages with the wider terrain of political meaning.