Carol Shields | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Elaine Showalter

This literature criticism consists of approximately 7 pages of analysis & critique of Carol Shields.
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Critical Review by Elaine Showalter

SOURCE: Showalter, Elaine. “How to Be Good.” London Review of Books (11 July 2002): 13.

In the following review, Showalter describes Unless as a novel that takes aesthetic and imaginative risks and debates questions of women's art and its reception.

The debate about women's writing—is it too restricted, domestic and love-obsessed, in contrast to the more sweeping, historical, socially aware and experimental novels of men?—has been going on since Jane Austen's day. Charlotte Brontë was one who rejected Austen's plot, which she called ‘a carefully fenced, highly cultivated garden’. Recently Gillian Beer even announced the death of the traditional women's novel: instead of the masochistic themes of unrequited love, she said at the Hay Festival, ‘women have freed themselves to write more forcefully...

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