Art and Anger

Jane Marcus


Literary Criticism / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
286 pp. 6x9

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“A Jane Marcus essay is like a lightning bolt that flashes and crackles across the intellectual skies. A collection of Marcus essays splits them open.” —Catharine R. Stimpson, Rutgers University

Art and Anger brings together feminist literary critic Jane Marcus’s work of the ’70s and ’80s. Professor Marcus defines and enacts a socialist feminist reading practice in discussions of early male feminist Victorian writers Oscar Wilde and George Meredith, viewing them as the intellectual predecessors of Virginia Woolf. Professor Marcus’s essays “Thinking Back through Our Mothers” and “No More Horses” helped to revive interest in Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas and were influential in the American reclamation of Woolf as an important socialist feminist theorist. “Art and Anger” places A Room of One’s Own in the context of the British suffrage movement. “Still Practice” examines contemporary feminist literary criticism and offers strategies for critical practice, for reading like a woman. Throughout her essays, Professor Marcus takes a historical approach in placing literary works in a social context.

Jane Marcus is Professor of English at the City University of New York Graduate Center and the city College of New York. She is the author of Virginia Woolf and the Languages of Patriarchy, Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury, The Young Rebecca West, Virginia Woolf: A Feminist Slant, and New Feminist Essays on Virginia Woolf.