The School of Femininity: A Book for and about Women as They Are Interpretated through Feminine Writers of Yesterday and Today

The School of Femininity: A Book for and about Women as They Are Interpretated through Feminine Writers of Yesterday and Today

The School of Femininity: A Book for and about Women as They Are Interpretated through Feminine Writers of Yesterday and Today

The School of Femininity: A Book for and about Women as They Are Interpretated through Feminine Writers of Yesterday and Today

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The School of Femininity is not an all-inclusive résumé of the writing of women. Neither is it an academic nor exclusive study of only the very finest aspects of the writing done by women.

It is a pattern of thought, vaguely resembling a theory, and has been traced through the writing of those women in which it is to be found in great part or in small part since the beginning of the feminist revolt.

The pattern is followed through the writing of certain selected women using English in the fiction form during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. There is one exception in the inclusion of Mary Wollstonecraft, who did not write fiction but prose essays. This inclusion is justified on the ground of the impact of her ideas upon all women since her time.

There are many popular writers among women who have not been brought into this study. No slight is intended. The selection has been based entirely upon the appearance of the feminist pattern in the work of the women presented.

The writers of the nineteenth century have been treated with fuller detail. In their cases the evidence is all in. In the cases of the twentieth-century writers it is not all in. Most of them are still writing. Some of them have only begun to write. Nearly all of them will continue in the general course of events to write for some time. The material, therefore, of all the contemporary writers classes itself as tentative evidence, and has to be handled tentatively. For this reason the modern pattern of feminism in The School of Femininity has been restricted in most cases to what may be called a "key book." From these "key books" the contribution of the author to The School of Femininity has been appraised.

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