Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar’s book of Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism is one of those books I will never abandon, no matter how full my bookshelf becomes. I bought this book for a literary feminist class I never ended up completing, but it continues to be invaluable “light” reading when I’m not in the mood to open a novel. It pertains specifically to me because many of the essays delve into the topic of Woman as Writer.
No book makes me want to write more, think more, and fight more than this one. It revives my faith in the topics about which I write and reminds me that creativity, in its essence, is world-building. Creativity moulds reality into new forms. How can we envision the importance of the lives of women, of art, in a world that continually pushes both aside and into the background? We must reshape how we know our experiences and look at them through an entirely different lens.
Am I ranting? Am I making any sense? This book puts the passion back in me, and I guess that’s all that matters in the end.
Keep living. Find what drives you. And, if you can manage, reshape worlds.
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