The brilliant literary essayist Terry Castle investigates strong women writers with formidable personalities - Jane Austen, Collette, Willa Cather - often turning analysis of these figures and their work into a keen new perspective on their lives and on life in general.
A new collection of essays on literature and sexuality by one of the wittiest and most iconoclastic critics writing today.
Introduction. Acknowledgements. Part I 1. Women and Literary Criticism, 2. On Northanger Abbey, 3. Austen's Emma, Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho, 5. The Gothic Novel, To the Friends Who Did Not Save My Life Part II 1, Was Jane Austen Gay?, 2. Sublimely Bad, 3. Unruly and Unresigned, 4. Resisting Casanova, 5. The Juvenilia of Charlotte Bronte, 6. Shut Up, Sweet Charlotte, 7. Always the Bridesmaid, Never the Groom, 8. Flournoy's Complaint, 9. Pipe Down Back There!, 10. Very Fine is My Valentine, 11. If Everybody Had a Wadley, 12. Night and Day, 13. The Will to Whimsy, 14. Terror on the Vineyard, 15. Yes You Sweetheart.