NIU Women's Studies Library Resource List

Literary Theory & Criticism:

Auerbach, Nina. Communities of Women, An Idea in Fiction. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1978.

Baym, Nina. Feminism and American Literary History. New Brunswick: Rutger University Press, 1992.

Beauman, Nicola. A Very Great Profession: The Woman’s Novel 1914-39. London: Virago Press, 1983.

Belsey, Catherine. Critical Practice. New York: Methuen, 1980.

Benstock, Shari, ed. Feminist Issues in Literary Scholarship. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987.

Berg, Temma F. et al. Engendering the World, Feminist Essays in Psychosexual Poetics. Chicago: U of Illinois P, 1989.

Blain, Virginia, Isobel Grundy and Patricia Clements. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1990.

Brownstein, Rachel M. Becoming a Heroine: Reading About Women in Novels. New York: Penguin, 1985.

Cahill, Susan, ed. Women and Fiction: Short Stories by and About Women. New York: Mentor, 1975.

Callaghan, Patsy, et al. Gender Images: Readings for Composition (Instructor’s Resource Manual. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1992.

Campbell, Karlyn Kohrs. Man Cannot Speak for Her Volume 1: A Critical Study of Early Feminist Rhetoric. New York, NY: Praeger Publishers, 1989.

Campbell, Karlyn Kohrs. Man Cannot Speak for Her Volume 2: Key Texts of the Early Feminists. New York, NY: Praeger Publishers, 1989.

Christian, Barbara. Black Feminist Criticism: Perspectives on Black Women Writers. New York: Pergamon, 1985.

Clarke, Micael M. Thackeray and Women. Dekalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 1995.

Coffin, Tristram Potter. The Female Hero in Folklore and Legend. New York: Pocket Books, 1975.

De Lauretis, Teresa, ed. Feminist Studies, Critical Studies. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1986.

Delbanco, Nicholas. The Sincerest Form: Writing Fiction. New York, NY : McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/ Languages, 2004.

Donovan, Josephine. Feminist Literary Criticism: Explorations in Theory. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1975.

Downing, Christine. Psyche’s Sisters: Re-Imaging the Meaning of Sisterhood. New York, NY: Harper & Row, 1998.

DuPlessis, Rachel Blau. The Pink Guitar: Writing as Feminist Practice. New York: Routledge, 1990.

DuPlessis, Rachel Blau. Writing beyond the Ending: Narrative Strategies of Twentieth-Century Women Writers. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1985.

Eagleton, Mary. Working with Feminist Criticism. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishers Ltd., 1996.

Felber, Lynette. Literary Liaisons: Auto/biographical Appropriations in Modernist Women's Fiction. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2002.

Figes, Eva. Sex & Subterfuge: Women Writers to 1850. New York, NY: Persea Books, 1982.

Flowers, Frank C. Practical Linguistics for Composition. New York: Odyssey, 1968.

Frank, Francine. Language and the Sexes. Albany: State Univ. of New York Press, 1984.

Friedman, Ellen G. and Miriam Fuchs, eds. Breaking the Sequence: Women’s Experimental Fiction. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1989.

Fryer, Judith. The Faces of Eve: Women in the Nineteenth-Century American Novel. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1976.

Gates, Henry Louis, Jr., ed. Reading Black, Reading Feminist: A Critical Anthology. New York: Meridian, 1990.

Gilbert, Sandra and Susan Gubar. No Man’s Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century: The War of the Words. Vol. 1. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988.

Gilbert, Sandra and Susan Gubar. No Man’s Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century: Sex Changes. Vol. 2. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989.

Gilbert, Sandra and Susan Gubar. No Man’s Land: The Place of the Woman Writer in the Twentieth Century: Letters from the Front. Vol. 3. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1994.

Gluck, Sherna Berger and Daphne Patai, eds. Women’s Words: The Feminist Practice of Oral History. New York, NY: Routledge, 1991.

Graddol, David and Joan Swann. Gender Voices. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell, 1992.

Greene, Gayle, and Coppelia Kahn. Making a Difference: Feminist Literary Criticism. New York, NY: Routledge, 1985.

Greiner, Donald J. Women Without Men: Female Bonding and the American Novel of the 1980s. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1993.

Hall, Nor. The Moon and the Virgin: Reflections on the Archetypal Feminine. New York, NY: Harper & Row, 1980.

Haswell, Janis. Pressed Against Divinity: W.B. Yeats’s Feminine Masks. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 1997.

Howe, Florence, ed. Tradition and the Talents of Women. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1991.

Hoy II, Pat C., et al. Women’s Voices: Visions and Perspectives. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, 1990.

Hull, Gloria, Patricia Scott and Barb Smith, eds. All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us are Brave: Black Women’s Studies. New York, NY:The Feminist Press, 1982.

Jameson, Frederic. The Prison-House of Language: A Critical Account of Structuralism And Russian Formalism. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1972.

Jelinek, Estelle C. Women’s Autobiography: Essays in Criticism. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1980.

Jongeward, Dorothy and Dru Scott. Women As Writers: Transactional Analysis for Personal Growth. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing, 1986.

Jordan, Constance. Renaissance Feminism: Literary Texts and Political Models. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1990.

Kaplan, Cora. Sea Changes: Culture and Feminism. London, England: Verso, 1986.

La Belle, Jenijoy. Herself Beheld: The Literature of the Looking Glass. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1988.

Lamott, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. New York, NY: First Anchor Books Edition, 1995.

Levin, Amy K. Africanism and Authenticity in African-American Women’s Novels. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2003.

Levin, Amy K. The Suppressed Sister: A Relationship in Novels by Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century British Women. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 1992.

Madison, Charles A. Irving to Irving: Author-Publisher Relations 1800-1974. New York, NY: R.R. Bowker Company, 1974.

Mellor, Anne. Romanticism and Gender. New York, NY: Routledge, 1993.

Miller, Nancy K., ed. The Poetics of Gender. New York: Columbia University Press, 1986.

Moers, Ellen. Literary Women: The Great Writers. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1977.

Moi, Toril. Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory. New York: Methuen, 1985.

Morgan, Thaïs E. Men Writing the Feminine. Albany, NY: State University of New York, 1994.

Neuman, Shirley and Glennis Stephenson, eds. ReImagining Women: Representations of Women in Culture. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993.

Newton, Judith and Deb Rosenfelt, eds. Feminist Criticism and Social Change. New York, NY: Methuen, 1985.

Ostriker, Alicia Suskin. Stealing the Language: The Emergence of Women’s Poetry in America. Boston: Beacon Press, 1986.

Pearsall, Marilyn, ed. Women and Values: Readings in Recent Feminist Philosophy. 2nd ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing, 1993.

Penelope, Julia. Speaking Freely: Unlearning the lies of the Fathers’ Tongues. New York, NY: Teachers College Press, 1990.

Porter, David. Dickinson: The Modern Idiom. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1981.

Pringle, Mary Beth and Anne Stericker, eds. Sex Roles in Literature. New York, NY: Longman, 1980.

Rainwater, Catherine and William J. Scheick. Contemporary American Women Writers, Narrative Strategies. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1985.

Richlin, Amy. The Garden of Priapus: Sexuality and Aggression in Roman Humor. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1983.

Rubenstein, Roberta. Boundaries of the Self: Gender, Culture, Fiction. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois, 1987.

Schaum, Melita and Connie Flanagan. Gender Images: Readings for Composition. Geneva, IL: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992.

Schriber, Mary Suzanne. Gender and The Writer’s Imagination: From Cooper to Wharton. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1987.

Schriber, Mary Suzanne. Writing Home: American Women Abroad, 1830-1920. Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia, 1997.

Showalter, Elaine. Sister’s Choice: Tradition and Change in American Women’s Writing. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press, 1991.

Showalter, Elaine, ed. Speaking of Gender. New York: Routledge, 1989.

Showalter, Elaine. The New Feminist Criticism: Essays on Women, Literature & Theory. New York, NY: Pantheon, 1985.

Spacks, Patricia Meyer. The Adolescent Idea: Myths of Youth and the Adult Imagination. New York, NY: Basic Books, 1981.

Sternburg, Janet, ed. The Writer on Her Work: Contemporary Women Writers Reflect on Their Art and Situation. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 1980.

Still, Judith and Michael Worton, eds. Textuality and Sexuality: Reading Theories and Practices. New York, NY: Manchester University Press, 1993.

Sutherland, J.A. Victorian Novelists and Publishers. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1976.

Swanson, Jean and James, Dean. By a Woman’s Hand: A Guide to Mystery Fiction by Women. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Berkley Publishing Group, 2006.

Walker, Alice. In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983.

Walker, Nancy A. The Disobedient Writer: Women and Narrative Tradition. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1995.

Warhol, Robyn and Diane Price Herndl, eds. Feminisms: An Anthology of Literary Theory & Criticism. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1997.

Watt, Ian. The Rise of the Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson and Fielding. Berkley, CA: University of California Press, 1957.

Webber, Jeannette and Joan Grumman, eds. Woman as Writer. Geneva, IL: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1978.

White, Merry and Sylvan Barnet, eds. Comparing Cultures: Readings on Contemporary Japan for American Writers (with editors’ notes). Boston, MA: Bedford Books, 1995.

Wilson, Carol and Joel Haefner, eds. Re-Visioning Romanticism: British Women Writers, 1776-1837. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994.

Zwagerman, Sean. Wit’s End: Women’s Humor as Rhetorical & Performative Strategy. Pittsburg, PA: University of Pittsburg Press, 2010.