"Traditionally, the canon of American literature assumed that most significant authors were men. In truth, many women writers have contributed throughout the US's literary history. From Anne Bradstreet to Anne Rice, A to Z of American Women Writers examines more than 150 American women of letters whose tremendous influence and talent have educated, entertained, and enlightened readers worldwide."
The wide assortment of characters featured in this comprehensive work are compiled from novels, short stories, and plays ranging from such ancient classics as Sophocles' Antigone to 21st-century prizewinners such as Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex.
In clear, non-technical language, this dictionary of more than 1,000 literary terms and themes takes an expanded view of the term "literary." This book gives readers not only a traditional literary vocabulary, but also the knowledge of related theoretical, historical, and cultural terms they need in the interdisciplinary world of contemporary literary studies.
Provides precise definitions of terms and concepts in literary theory, along with explanations of the major movements and figures in literary and cultural theory and an extensive bibliography. It is designed for the student who needs to know what a particular term means, how it is used, and where it comes from, and enables them to apply the terms and concepts to their own investigations.