Fall 1989, Vol. 8, No. 2

From the Editor, 197-199
Holly Laird


The First English Novel: Aphra Behn’s Love Letters, The Canon, and Women’s Tastes, 201-222
Judith Kegan Gardiner

“The Art of Sacred Parody” in Mary Sidney’s Psalmes, 223-239
Beth Wynne Fisken

The Embodied Muse: Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh and Feminist Poetics, 241-262
Joyce Zonana

Childbirth from the Woman’s Point of View in British Women’s Fiction: Enid Bagnold’s The Squire and A.S. Byatt’s Still Life, 263-286
Tess Cosslett

Minority History as Metafiction: Joy Kogawa’s Obasan, 287-306
Donald C. Goellnicht


A Very Serious Thing: Women’s Humor and American Culture, by Nancy Walker; Redressing the Balance: American Women’s Literary Humor from Colonial Times to the 1980s, by Nancy Walker and Zita Dressner; Last Laughs: Perspectives on Women and Comedy, edited by Regina Barreca, 307-312
Cristianne Miller

Mythology and Misogyny: The Social Discourse of Nineteenth-Century British Classical-Subject Painting, Joseph A. Kestner, 313-314
Nina Auerbach

Christina Rossetti in Context, by Antony H. Harrison; The Achievement of Christina Rossetti, edited by David A. Kent, 315-316
Dorothy Mermin

Victorian Britain: An Encyclopedia, edited by Sally Mitchell, 317-318
Joseph Kestner

A Woman’s Portion, Ideology, Culture and the British Female Novel Tradition, Linda C. Hunt, 318-320
Lillian S. Robinson

Honey-Mad Women: Emancipatory Strategies in Women’s Writing, by Patricia Yaeger; Literary Fat Ladies: Rhetoric, Gender, Property, by Patricia Parker, 321-327
Barbara Correll

Where the Meanings Are: Feminism and Cultural Spaces, by Catharine R. Stimpson, 327-330
Pamela L. Caughie

Woman to Woman: Female Friendship in Victorian Fiction, by Tess Cosslett, 331-334
Betty Rizzo

Sor Juana or, The Traps of Faith, by Octavio Paz, translated by Margaret Sayers Peden, 334-338
Gerald W. Haslam


Grace Paley: A Bibliography, 339-354
Ulrich Halfmann and Philipp Gerlach

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]