Frank Kermode, 22 February 1996
Show More The Feminisation of American Culture by Ann Douglas.
Papermac, 403 pp., £10, February 1996, 0 333 65421 8Show More
Terrible Honesty: Mongrel Manhattan in the Twenties by Ann Douglas.
Picador, 606 pp., £20, February 1996, 0 330 34683 0Show More
“... Ann Douglas’s The Feminisation of American Culture, first published in 1977, now appears in Britain at the same moment as its long-delayed successor, Terrible Honesty. Looking back at the earlier book, Douglas remarks that her ‘excavation and re-evaluation of American feminine 19th-century literature’ has been continued by many other historians, mostly women, who have rebelled against what she calls, in tones more civil than those of some of her successors, a literary canon consisting ‘of almost exclusively male-authored, conspicuously shaped and achieved works ...”