Spring/Fall 1984, Vol. 3, No. 1/2


Beyond the Reaches of Feminist Criticism: A Letter from Paris, 5-27
Shari Benstock


Women’s Time, Women’s Space: Writing the History of Feminist Criticism, 29-43
Elaine Showalter

The Madwoman and Her Languages: Why I Don’t Do Feminist Literary Theory, 45-59
Nina Baym

Escaping the Sentence: Diagnosis and Discourse in “The Yellow Wallpaper,61-77
Paula A. Treichler

Still Practice, A/Wrested Alphabet: Toward a Feminist Aesthetic, 79-97
Jane Marcus

Toward a Women’s Poetics, 99-110
Josephine Donovan

Gender, Values, and Lessing’s Cats, 111-124
Judith Kegan Gardiner

Making—and Remaking—History: Another Look at “Patriarchy”, 125-141
Judith Newton

Feminist Criticism: How Do We Know When We’ve Won?, 143-151
Lillian S. Robinson

Why Communities of Women Aren’t Enough, 153-157
Nina Auerbach

Review Essays

Deconstruction and Feminist Literary Theory, 159-169
Bernard Duyfhuizen

Our Emily Dickinson, 169-178
Nancy Walker

“Turning the Century”: Notes on Women and Difference, 178-185
Hortense Spillers


Fictions of Feminine Desire: Disclosures of Heloise, by Peggy Kamuf; Mystic and Pilgrim: The “Book” and the World of Margery Kempe, by Clarissa W. Atkinson, 185-187
Anne R. Larsen

The Poems of Lary Mary Wroth, edited by Josephine A. Roberts, 188-190
M.C. Bradbrook

The Female Wits: Women Playwrights in the Restoration, by Fidelis Morgan; Women Playwrights in England, c. 1363-1750, by Nancy Cotton, 190-194
Laurie A. Finke

Madness and Sexual Politics in the Feminist Novel: Studies in Brontë, Woolf, Lessing, and Atwood, by Barbara Hill Rigney, 194-196
Charles J. Stivale

Beyond the Well of Loneliness: The Fiction of Radclyffe Hall, by Claudia Stillman Franks, 197-199
George Wickes

Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation: A History of Literary Paris in the Twenties and Thirties, by Noel Riley Fitch, 199-201
Carolyn Burke

Vanessa Bell, by Frances Spalding; Vita: The Life of V. Sackville-West, by Victoria Glendinning, 201-206
Barbara Brothers

Katherine Anne Porter: A Life, by Joan Givner; Katherine Anne Porter’s Women: The Eye of Her Fiction, by Jane Krause DeMouy, 206-209
Linda Pannill

Substance Under Pressure: Artistic Coherence and Evolving Form in the Novels of Doris Lessing, by Betsy Draine, 209-210
Bernard Duyfhuizen

Twentieth-Century Women Novelists, edited by Thomas F. Staley, 210-211
Imagination in Confinement: Women’s Writings from French Prisons, by Elissa D Gelfland, 211-213
Charles J. Stivale


Victoria Cross, 215
Shoshana Knapp

Anna Kavan, 215
Priscilla Diaz-Dorr

Elizabeth Bisland Wetmore, 215
Susan Williams


Letter from Sally Mitchell, 217

Fall 1983, Vol. 2, No. 2

The Feminist Critique: Mastering our Monstrosity, 137-149
Shari Benstock


A Speaking Sphinx, 151-154
Jane Marcus

Frankenstein and the Feminine Subversion of the Novel, 155-164
Devon Hodges

Creating the Woman Writer: The Autobiographical Works of Jane Barker, 165-181
Jane Spencer

Jane Austen’s Anti-Romantic Fragment: Some Notes on Sanditon, 183-191
John Halperin

Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna’s The Wrongs of Woman: Female Industrial Protest, 193-214
Joseph Kestner

Reflections on Feminism and Pacifism in the Novels of Vera Brittain, 215-228
Muriel Mellown

Review Essay

Reading the Poet and the Poetry: Critics and Emily Dickinson, 229-233
Nancy Walker


A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman: The Writer as Heroine in American Literature, by Linda Huf, 234-235
Emily Stipes Watts

Ellen Glasgow, by Marcelle Thiébaux; Ellen Glasgow: Beyond Convention, by Linda W. Wagner, 235-238
Mary E. Papke

Djuna: The Life and Times of Djuna Barnes, by Andrew Field, 239-240
Ruth Weston

There’s Always Been a Women’s Movement This Century, by Dale Spender; Samantha Rastles the Woman Question, by Marietta Holley, edited and introduction by Jane Curry, 241-244
Jane Marcus

The Book of the City of Ladies, by Christine De Pizan, translated by Jeffrey Richards, 244-247
Joan M. Ferrante

American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide From Colonial Times to the Present, Abridged, edited by Langdon Lynne Faust, 247-250
Nina Baym

Woman and the Demon: The Life of a Victorian Myth, by Nina Auerbach, 250-253
Joseph Kestner


Letter from Elizabeth H. Hageman, 255

Letter from Margaret D. Stetz, 255

Letter from Katherine Kleeman and Carol Virginia Pohli, 256.

Spring 1983, Vol. 2, No. 1

From the Editor’s Perspective, 5-6
Shari Benstock


Corinna of Tanagra and Her Audience, 9-20
Marilyn B. Skinner

Marie de France’s Ingenious Uses of the Authorial Voice and Her Singular Contribution to Western Literature, 21-41
Marjorie M. Malvern

Louise Labé’s Débat de Folie et d’Amour: Feminism and the Defense of Learning, 43-55
Anne R. Larsen

Emily Dickinson and the Self: Humor as Identity, 57-68
Nancy Walker

The Subtle Satire of Elizabeth Bowen and Mary Lavin, 69-82
Janet Egleson Dunleavy

Treason Our Text: Feminist Challenges to the Literary Canon, 83-98
Lillian S. Robinson


Jane Austen and Shakespeare, 99
Rhonda Keith

Review Essay

Writing the History of English Feminism, 101-106
Ruth Perry


Christina Rossetti: A Divided Life, by Georgina Battiscombe, 107-113
Barbara Fass Leavy

Tomorrow is Another Day: The Woman Writer in the South, 1859-1936, by Anne Goodwin Jones, 113-117
Martha Chew

Mother of the Blues: A Study of Ma Rainey, by Sandra Lieb, 118-121
Anna Norberg

Virginia Woolf’s “The Years”: The Evolution of a Novel, by Grace Radin; Between Language and Silence: The Novels of Virginia Woolf, by Howard Harper; All that Summer She Was Mad. Virginia Woolf: Female Victim of Male Medicine, by Stephen Trombley; The Diary of Virginia Woolf, edited by Anne Oliver Bell, 121-125
Manly Johnson

Fall 1982, Vol. 1, No. 2


Stephen Gordon, Novelist: A Re-evaluation of Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness, 125-139
Claudia Stillman Franks

“The Heroine of Some Strange Romance”: The Personal Recollections of Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna, 141-153
Elizabeth Kowaleski

New Light on Sarah Fyge (Field, Egerton), 155-175
Jeslyn Medoff

The Old Hungarian Translation of Hrotsvit’s Dulcitius: History and Analysis, 177-187
Katharina M. Wilson

Medieval Frauenlieder: Anonymous Was a Man?, 189-200
Susan Schibanoff


Mary Astell’s Poetry, 201-202
Ruth Perry

Review Essay

Rebecca Cox Jackson and the Uses of Power, 203-209
Gloria T. Hull


Beyond the Lighthouse: English Women Novelists in the Twentieth Century, by Margaret Crosland, 209-212
Sydney Janet Kaplan

The Red Virgin: Memoirs of Louise Michel, edited and translated by Bullitt Lowry and Elizabeth Ellington Gunter, 212-216
Lynn A. Higgins

Cogewea: The Half-Blood, by Mourning Dove (Hum-Ishu-Ma), 217-221
Rayna Green

H. D.: The Life and Work of an American Poet, by Janice S. Robinson; Psyche Reborn: The Emergence of H. D., by Susan Stanford Friedman, 221-227
Joanne Feit Diehl


Letter from Mary Bryan and Elaine Campbell, 229

Letter from the Editors of “Signs”, 229-230

Spring 1982, Vol. 1, No. 1

The Tulsa Center for the Study of Women’s Literature: What We Are Doing and Why We Are Doing It, 5-26
Germaine Greer


“Fayre Sisters Al”: The Flower and the Leaf and The Assembly of Ladies, 27-42
Ann McMillan

The Biographical Problem of Pamphilia to Amphilanthus, 43-53
Josephine A. Roberts

Sustenance and Balm: The Question of Female Friendship in Shirley and Villette, 55-66
Linda C. Hunt

Rhys Recalls Ford: Quartet and The Good Soldier, 67-81
Judith Kegan Gardiner


“‘C– L– ’ to ‘Mrs. Stanhope’” A Preview of Charlotte Lennox’s The Lady’s Museum, 83-86
Kathryn Shevelow

Charlotte Smith, 86
Autumn Stanley

American Women Humorists, 87
Nancy Walker


The Paradise of Women: Writings by English Women of the Renaissance, edited by Betty Travitsky, 89-93
M.C. Bradbrook

Archetypal Patterns in Women’s Fiction, by Annis Pratt, with Barbara White, Andrea Loewenstein, and Mary Wyer, 94-96
Josephine Donovan

A Woman, by Sibilla Aleramo, translated by Rosalind Delmar, 97-99
Giovanna Miceli Jeffries

Colette: Free and Fettered, by Michele Sarde, translated by Richard Miller; Letters from Colette, edited and translated by Robert Phelps, 99-103
Elaine Marks

Olive Schreiner: A Biography, by Ruth First and Ann Scott, 104-109
Elaine Showalter


Letter from Susan Koppelman, 111

Letter from Patsy Schweikart and Elizabeth Flynn, 111-112

Mary Wollstonecraft Sojourner Truth Margaret Atwood Abigail Adams Amy Tan H.D. Simone de Beauvoir Zora Neale Hurston Frances Burney Virginia Woolf

"The white saxifrage with the indented leafe is moste commended for the breakinge of the Stone."

— Turner, Herbal, III, 68 [1568]