Spring 1986, Vol. 5, No. 1

Representing Reality: Women Writers and Institutions, 5-12
Shari Benstock


Feminism and Deconstruction: Re-Constructing the Elegy, 13-27
Celeste M. Schenck

The Mirror and its Reflections: Marguerite de Navarre’s Biblical Feminism, 29-39
Paula Sommers

Louise Michel’s Poetry of Existence and Revolt, 41-61
Charles J. Stivale

Out of the Chrysalis: Female Initiation and Female Authority in Virginia Woolf’s The Voyage Out, 63-90
Christine Froula

Is There Life After Art? The Metaphysics of Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping, 91-109
Joan Kirby

Review Essay

On Black Literary Women and the Evolution of Critical Discourse, 111-123
Claudia Tate


Dorothy Wordsworth, by Robert Gittings and Jo Manton, 125
Donald E. Hayden

Virginia Woolf’s “The Years”: The Evolution of a Novel, by Grace Radin; Virginia Woolf and London: The Sexual Politics of the City, by Susan Merrill Squier, 126-127
Panthea Reid Broughton

Memoirs of Several Ladies of Great Britain, by George Ballard, edited and introduction by Ruth Perry, 127-128
Jeslyn Medoff

The Enclosed Garden: Women and Community in the Evangelical South, 1830-1930, by Jean E. Friedman, 129-130
Susan Millar Williams

Men and Feminism in Modern Literature, by Declan Kiberd, 130-132
Mary O’Toole


Women Writers in McFarlin Library Special Collections, 133-143
Priscilla Dorr


Letter from Jane Marcus, 147

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]