Longman Anthology of Women's Literature

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  • Copyright: 2000-12-18
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Offering readers key women's writings from the eighth century to the present, this global and multicultural anthology includes selections written in English by women from Great Britain and the U.S. as well as Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Croatia, Ghana, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa. Organized thematically, the anthology emphasizes five important topics for women writers finding a voice, writing the body, rethinking the maternal, identity and difference, and resistance and transformation. Pivotal works of feminist theory by Woolf, Cixous, Showalter, hooks, Trinh, and others are also included. For those interested in women's literature.

Table of Contents

Alternate Tables of Contents.

Preface and Acknowledgments.



Annotated Bibliography.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941).

A Room of One's Own.

bell hooks (1955-).
Talking Back.

Leoba of England and Germany (700?-780).
Letter to Lord Boniface.

Matilda, Queen of England (1080-1118).
Letter to Archbishop Anselm.
Letter to Pope Pascal.

Anne Lock (fl.1556-1590).

from A Meditation of a penitent sinner, upon the 51 psalm.

Isabella Whitney (fl. 1567-1573?).
The Author. . .Maketh Her Will and Testament.

from The Manner of Her Will.

Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle (1623-1673).
The Poetess's Hasty Resolution.
The Poetess's Petition.
An Excuse for So Much Writ upon My Verses.
Nature's Cook.

from To All Writing Ladies.

Anne Killigrew (1660-1685).
Upon the Saying that My Verses Were Made by Another.
On a Picture Painted by Herself.

Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea (1661-1720).
The Introduction.
A Nocturnal Reverie.
Ardelia to Melancholy.
Friendship between Ephelia and Ardelia.
The Answer.

Frances Burney (1752-1840).

from The Diary of Frances Burney.

Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849).

from Letters for Literary Ladies.

Jane Austen (1775-1817).
Northanger Abbey.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851).

Introduction to Frankenstein.

Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855).
Letter from Robert Southey.
Letter to Robert Southey .
Letter to George Henry Lewes.

Emily Brontë (1818-1848).
Alone I sat; the summer day.
To Imagination.
The Night Wind.
R. Alcona to J. Brenzaida.
No coward soul is mine.

George Eliot (1819-1880).
Silly Novels by Lady Novelists.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935).
The Yellow Wallpaper.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937).
A Journey.

Gertrude Stein (1874-1946).

from Patriarchal Poetry.

Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960).

from Dust Tracks on a Road.

Stevie Smith (1902-1971).
My Muse Sits Forlorn.
A Dream of Comparison.
Thoughts about the Person from Porlock.

May Sarton (1912-95).
Journey Toward Poetry.
The Muse as Medusa.
Of the Muse.

Hisaye Yamamoto (1921-).
Seventeen Syllables.

Maxine Hong Kingston (1940-).
No Name Woman.

Gloria Anzaldúa (1942-).
Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to Third World Women Writers.

Alice Walker (1944-).
In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens.

Medbh McGuckian (1950-).
To My Grandmother.
From the Dressing Room.
Turning the Moon into a Verb.

Carol Ann Duffy (1955-).
Standing Female Nude.
Mrs. Aesop.

Gcina Mhlophe (1959-).
The Toilet.
Sometimes When It Rains.
The Dancer.
Say No.


Topics for Discussion, Journals, and Essays.

Group Writing and Performance Exercise.

Barbara Christian (1943-).
The Highs and Lows of Black Feminist Criticism.

Elaine Showalter (1941-).
Feminist Criticism in the Wilderness.



Annotated Bibliography.

Hélène Cixous (1937-).
The Laugh of the Medusa.

Nancy Mairs (1943-).
Reading Houses, Writing Lives: The French Connection.

The Wife's Lament (8th century?).

Wulf and Eadwacer (8th century?).

Margery Kempe (1373?-1438).

from The Book of Margery Kempe.

Margery Brews Paston (1457?-1495).
Letters to her Valentine/fiance.
Letter to her husband, John Paston.

Elizabeth I (1533-1603).
On Monsieur's Departure.
When I Was Fair and Young.

Mary Wroth (1587?-1653?).

from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus.

Aphra Behn (1640-1689).

The Lucky Chance.

Jane Barker (1652-1727).
A Virgin Life.

Delarivier Manley (1663-1724).

from The New Atalantis.

Eliza Haywood (1693?-1756).

from The Female Spectator.

Harriet Jacobs (1813?-1897).

from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

Christina Rossetti (1830-1894).

Monna Innominata.

Djuna Barnes (1892-1982).

from Ladies Almanack.

To the Dogs.

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950),.

from Fatal Interview.

Anne Sexton (1928-1974).
The Abortion.
In Celebration of My Uterus.
For My Lover, Returning to His Wife.

Audre Lorde (1934-1992).
Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power.
Love Poem.
Restoration-A Memorial.

Bharati Mukherjee (1938-).
A Wife's Story.

Toni Cade Bambara (1939-1996).
My Man Bovanne.

Sharon Olds (1942-).
That Year.
The Language of the Brag.
The Girl.
Sex Without Love.

Slavenka Drakulic (1949-).
Makeup and Other Crucial Questions.

Joy Harjo (1951-).
Deer Ghost.
City of Fire.

Dionne Brand (1953-).
Madame Alaird's Breasts.

Sandra Cisneros (1955-).
I the Woman.
Love Poem #1.

Jackie Kay (1961-).
Close Shave.
Other Lovers.


Topics for Discussion, Journals, and Essays.

Group Writing and Performance Exercise.

Catherine Gallagher (1945-).
Who Was That Masked Woman? The Prostitute and the Playwright in the Comedies of Aphra Behn.

Shari Benstock (1944-).
The Lesbian Other.



Annotated Bibliography.

Susan Rubin Suleiman (1939-).
Writing and Motherhood.

Patricia Hill Collins (1948-).
Shifting the Center: Race, Class, and Feminist Theorizing About Motherhood.

Julian of Norwich (1343?-1416?).

from Showing.

Juliana Berners (fl. 1486-?).

from The Book of Hunting.

Dorothy Leigh (?-1616).

from The Mother's Blessing.

Elizabeth Clinton, Countess of Lincoln (1574?-?).

from The Countess of Lincoln's Nursery.

Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672).
The Author to her Book.
Before the Birth of One of her Children.
In Reference to her Children.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762).
Letters to her daughter, Lady Bute.

Mary Barber (1690-1757).
Written for My Son, at His First Putting on Breeches.
The Conclusion of a Letter to the Rev. Mr. C-.

Charlotte Smith (1749-1806).
The Glow Worm.
Verses Intended to Have Been Prefixed to the Novel of Emmeline, but then Suppressed.

Mary Tighe (1772-1810).
Sonnet Addressed to her Mother.

Lydia Sigourney (1791-1865).
Death of an Infant.
The Last Word of the Dying.
Dream of the Dead.

Felicia Hemans (1793-1835).
The Hebrew Mother.

Grace Aguilar (1816-1847).

from The Exodus-Laws for the Mothers of Israel.

Kate Chopin (1851-1904).

The Awakening.

Tillie Olsen (1913-).
Tell Me A Riddle.

Judith Wright (1915-).

Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-).
the mother.
A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi. Meanwhile, A Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon.
The Last Quatrain of the Ballad of Emmett Till.

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963).
The Disquieting Muses.
Nick and the Candlestick.
Childless Woman.

Clifton, Lucille (1936-).
june 20.
sarah's promise.
naomi watches as ruth sleeps.

Bessie Head (1937-1986).
The Village Saint.

Margaret Atwood (1939-).
Giving Birth.

Rosellen Brown (1939-).
Good Housekeeping.

Beth Brant (1941-).
A Long Story.

Ama Ata Aidoo (1942-).
A Gift from Somewhere.

Minnie Bruce Pratt (1944-).
Poem for My Sons.

Keri Hulme (1947-).
One Whale, Singing.

Rita Dove (1952-).
Demeter Mourning.
Demeter Waiting.
Mother Love.

Cherrié Moraga (1952-).
La Guera.
For the Color of My Mother.

Kate Daniels (1953-).
Love Pig.
In My Office at Bennington.
After Reading Reznikoff.
Prayer for My Children.


Topics for Discussion, Journals, and Essays.

Creative Writing Exercise.

Oral History Project.

Margit Stange (1949-).

Personal Property: Exchange Value and the Female Self in The Awakening.

Paula Gunn Allen (1939-).
Who Is Your Mother? Red Roots of White Feminism.



Annotated Bibliography.

Michelle Cliff (1946-).
If I Could Write This in Fire, I Would Write This in Fire.

Trinh T. Minh-ha (1952-).
Not You/Like You: Postcolonial Women and the Interlocking.
Questions of Identity and Difference.

Mary Sidney Herbert (1561-1621).
The Doleful Lay of Clorinda.

Aemilia Lanyer (1569-1645).

from Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum.

Katherine Philips (1632-1664).
To the Excellent Mrs. A.O. upon her receiving the name of Lucasia.
Friendship's Mysteries, to my dearest Lucasia.
On Rosania's Apostasy, and Lucasia's Friendship.
Lucasia, Rosania, and Orinda, parting at a Fountain.

Mary Rowlandson (1636?-1710?).

from The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, Together with the Faithfulness of His Promises Displayed, Being a Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson.

Hannah More (1745-1833).

from The Black Slave Trade.

Phillis Wheatley (1753?-1784).
On Being Brought from Africa to America.
To S.M., A Young African Painter, On Seeing His Works.
To the Right Honorable William, Earl of Dartmouth.

Dorothy Wordsworth (1771-1855).

from The Grasmere Journals.

Margaret Fuller (1810-1850).

from Woman in the Nineteenth Century.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886).
258 (There's a certain Slant of Light).
280 (I felt a Funeral, in my Brain).
303 (The Soul Selects her Own Society).
341 (After great pain, a formal feeling comes-).

365 (Dare you See a Soul at the White Heat?).
508 (I'm ceded-I've stopped being Theirs-).
512 (The Soul has Bandaged moments-).
709 (Publication-is the Auction).
754 ((My Life Had Stood-a Loaded Gun).
1072 (Title divine-is mine!).

Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935).
I Sit and Sew.
The Proletariat Speaks.

Zitkala-Sä (Gertrude Bonnin) (1876-1938).
The Tree-Bound.

Susan Glaspell (1882-1948).


Marianne Moore (1887-1972).
The Fish.
The Paper Nautilus.
The Mind Is an Enchanting Thing.
In Distrust of Merits.
Like a Bulwark.

Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923).
The Doll's House.

Eudora Welty (1909-).
Why I Live at the P.O..

Doris Lessing (1919-).
An Old Woman and Her Cat.

Oodgeroo of the tribe Noonuccal (1920-1993).
We Are Going.

Anita Desai (1937-).
Surface Textures.

Paula Gunn Allen (1939-).
Molly Brant, Iroquois Matron, Speaks.
Taku Skansken.

Angela Carter (1940-1992).

Buchi Emecheta (1944-).

from Second Class Citizen.

Jamaica Kincaid (1949-).

Ingrid de Kok (1951-).
Our Sharpeville.
Small Passing.


Topics for Discussion, Journals, Essays.

Creative Writing Exercise.

June Jordan (1936-).
The Difficult Miracle of Black Poetry in America or Something Like a Sonnet for Phillis Wheatley.

Joanne Feit Diehl ( 1947-).
Selfish Desires: Dickinson's Poetic Ego and the Rites of Subjectivity.



Annotated Bibliography.

Adrienne Rich (1929-).
Notes Toward a Politics of Location.
Diving into the Wreck.
One: Comrade.
Two: Movement.
Three: Origins.
Four: History.

Ellen Kuzwayo (1914-).
Nkosi Sikelel'i Afrika (God Bless Africa).

Rachel Speght (1597?-1630?).

from A Muzzle for Melastomus.

Mary Astell (1666-1731).

from A Serious Proposal to the Ladies.

Sarah Fyge (1670-1723).
The Liberty.

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797).

from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.

Mary Hays (1760-1843).

from Appeal to the Men of Great Britain in Behalf of Women.

Sojourner Truth (1797?-1883).
Ain't I A Woman?
Keeping the Thing Going While Things are Stirring.

Harriet Martineau (1802-1876).

from Society in America.
Citizenship of People of Colour.
Political Nonexistence of Women.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861).
The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim's Point.
A Curse for a Nation.

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911).
The Slave Mother.
Free Labor.
An Appeal to My Country Women.
Learning to Read.

Rebecca Harding Davis (1831-1910).

Life in the Iron Mills.
Anzia Yezierska (1881?-1970).
Soap and Water.

H.D. (1886-1961).

from The Walls Do Not Fall (I-IV).

Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980).
Bubble of Air.
Letter to the Front (VII).
Kathe Kollwitz.

Nadine Gordimer (1923-).

Janet Frame (1924-).
The Chosen Image.

Maya Angelou (1928-).

Still I Rise.

Toni Morrison (1931-).


Caryl Churchill (1938-).

Vinegar Tom.

Irena Klepfisz (1941-).

from Bashert.
death camp.
A Few Words in the Mother Tongue.

Eavan Boland (1944-).
Writing In a Time of Violence.

Zoë Wicomb (1948-).
Bowl Like Hole.

Carolyn Forché (1950-).
The Colonel.
Ourselves or Nothing.
The Garden Shukkei-en.
The Testimony of Light.

Louise Erdrich (1954-).



Topics for Discussion, Journals, and Essays.

Group Research Assignment.

Ann Parry (1949?-).

Sexual Exploitation and Freedom: Religion, Race, and Gender in Elizabeth Barrett Browning's The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim's Point.

Nell Irvin Painter (1942-).
"Ar'n't I a Woman?".

Historical Appendix: Old English and Middle English Literature-449-1485.

Historical Appendix: Renaissance and Early Seventeenth-Century Literature-1485-1650.

Historical Appendix: Late Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Literature-1650-1800.

Historical Appendix: Nineteenth-Century Literature-1800-1900.

Historical Appendix: Modernist Literature-1900-1945.

Historical Appendix: Contemporary Literature-1945-2000.

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