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Longman Anthology of Women's Literature

By Mary K. DeShazer

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Dec 18, 2000

Table of Contents

Alternate Tables of Contents.

Preface and Acknowledgments.



Annotated Bibliography.

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941).

A Room of One's Own.

bell hooks (1955-).

Talking Back.

Leoba of England and Germany (700?-780).

Letter to Lord Boniface.

Matilda, Queen of England (1080-1118).

Letter to Archbishop Anselm.

Letter to Pope Pascal.

Anne Lock (fl.1556-1590).

from A Meditation of a penitent sinner, upon the 51 psalm.

Isabella Whitney (fl. 1567-1573?).

The Author. . .Maketh Her Will and Testament.

from The Manner of Her Will.

Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle (1623-1673).

The Poetess's Hasty Resolution.

The Poetess's Petition.

An Excuse for So Much Writ upon My Verses.

Nature's Cook.

from To All Writing Ladies.

Anne Killigrew (1660-1685).

Upon the Saying that My Verses Were Made by Another.

On a Picture Painted by Herself.

Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea (1661-1720).

The Introduction.

A Nocturnal Reverie.

Ardelia to Melancholy.

Friendship between Ephelia and Ardelia.

The Answer.

Frances Burney (1752-1840).

from The Diary of Frances Burney.

Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849).

from Letters for Literary Ladies.

Jane Austen (1775-1817).

Northanger Abbey.

Mary Shelley (1797-1851).

Introduction to Frankenstein.

Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855).

Letter from Robert Southey.

Letter to Robert Southey .

Letter to George Henry Lewes.

Emily Brontë (1818-1848).

[Alone I sat; the summer day].

To Imagination.

The Night Wind.

R. Alcona to J. Brenzaida.

[No coward soul is mine].


George Eliot (1819-1880).

Silly Novels by Lady Novelists.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935).

The Yellow Wallpaper.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937).

A Journey.

Gertrude Stein (1874-1946).

from Patriarchal Poetry.

Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960).

from Dust Tracks on a Road.

Stevie Smith (1902-1971).

My Muse Sits Forlorn.

A Dream of Comparison.

Thoughts about the Person from Porlock.

May Sarton (1912-95).

Journey Toward Poetry.

The Muse as Medusa.

Of the Muse.

Hisaye Yamamoto (1921-).

Seventeen Syllables.

Maxine Hong Kingston (1940-).

No Name Woman.

Gloria Anzaldúa (1942-).

Speaking in Tongues: A Letter to Third World Women Writers.

Alice Walker (1944-).

In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens.

Medbh McGuckian (1950-).

To My Grandmother.

From the Dressing Room.

Turning the Moon into a Verb.

Carol Ann Duffy (1955-).

Standing Female Nude.


Mrs. Aesop.

Gcina Mhlophe (1959-).

The Toilet.

Sometimes When It Rains.

The Dancer.

Say No.


Topics for Discussion, Journals, and Essays.

Group Writing and Performance Exercise.

Barbara Christian (1943-).

The Highs and Lows of Black Feminist Criticism.

Elaine Showalter (1941-).

Feminist Criticism in the Wilderness.



Annotated Bibliography.

Hélène Cixous (1937-).

The Laugh of the Medusa.

Nancy Mairs (1943-).

Reading Houses, Writing Lives: The French Connection.


The Wife's Lament (8th century?).


Wulf and Eadwacer (8th century?).

Margery Kempe (1373?-1438).

from The Book of Margery Kempe.

Margery Brews Paston (1457?-1495).

Letters to her Valentine/fiance.

Letter to her husband, John Paston.

Elizabeth I (1533-1603).

On Monsieur's Departure.

When I Was Fair and Young.

Mary Wroth (1587?-1653?).

from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus.

Aphra Behn (1640-1689).

The Lucky Chance.

Jane Barker (1652-1727).

A Virgin Life.

Delarivier Manley (1663-1724).

from The New Atalantis.

Eliza Haywood (1693?-1756).

from The Female Spectator.

Harriet Jacobs (1813?-1897).

from Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

Christina Rossetti (1830-1894).

Monna Innominata.

Djuna Barnes (1892-1982).

from Ladies Almanack.

To the Dogs.

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950),.

from Fatal Interview.

Anne Sexton (1928-1974).

The Abortion.

In Celebration of My Uterus.

For My Lover, Returning to His Wife.

Audre Lorde (1934-1992).

Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power.

Love Poem.


Restoration-A Memorial.

Bharati Mukherjee (1938-).

A Wife's Story.

Toni Cade Bambara (1939-1996).

My Man Bovanne.

Sharon Olds (1942-).

That Year.

The Language of the Brag.

The Girl.

Sex Without Love.

Slavenka Drakulic (1949-).

Makeup and Other Crucial Questions.

Joy Harjo (1951-).


Deer Ghost.

City of Fire.


Dionne Brand (1953-).

Madame Alaird's Breasts.

Sandra Cisneros (1955-).

I the Woman.

Love Poem #1.

Jackie Kay (1961-).

Close Shave.

Other Lovers.


Topics for Discussion, Journals, and Essays.

Group Writing and Performance Exercise.

Catherine Gallagher (1945-).

Who Was That Masked Woman? The Prostitute and the Playwright in the Comedies of Aphra Behn.

Shari Benstock (1944-).

The Lesbian Other.



Annotated Bibliography.

Susan Rubin Suleiman (1939-).

Writing and Motherhood.

Patricia Hill Collins (1948-).

Shifting the Center: Race, Class, and Feminist Theorizing About Motherhood.

Julian of Norwich (1343?-1416?).

from Showing.

Juliana Berners (fl. 1486-?).

from The Book of Hunting.

Dorothy Leigh (?-1616).

from The Mother's Blessing.

Elizabeth Clinton, Countess of Lincoln (1574?-?).

from The Countess of Lincoln's Nursery.

Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672).

The Author to her Book.

Before the Birth of One of her Children.

In Reference to her Children.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762).

Letters to her daughter, Lady Bute.

Mary Barber (1690-1757).

Written for My Son, at His First Putting on Breeches.

The Conclusion of a Letter to the Rev. Mr. C-.

Charlotte Smith (1749-1806).

The Glow Worm.

Verses Intended to Have Been Prefixed to the Novel of Emmeline, but then Suppressed.

Mary Tighe (1772-1810).

Sonnet Addressed to her Mother.

Lydia Sigourney (1791-1865).

Death of an Infant.

The Last Word of the Dying.

Dream of the Dead.

Felicia Hemans (1793-1835).


The Hebrew Mother.

Grace Aguilar (1816-1847).

from The Exodus-Laws for the Mothers of Israel.

Kate Chopin (1851-1904).

The Awakening.

Tillie Olsen (1913-).

Tell Me A Riddle.

Judith Wright (1915-).



Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-).

the mother.

A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi. Meanwhile, A Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon.

The Last Quatrain of the Ballad of Emmett Till.

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963).

The Disquieting Muses.


Nick and the Candlestick.

Childless Woman.


Clifton, Lucille (1936-).

june 20.


sarah's promise.

naomi watches as ruth sleeps.

Bessie Head (1937-1986).

The Village Saint.

Margaret Atwood (1939-).

Giving Birth.

Rosellen Brown (1939-).

Good Housekeeping.

Beth Brant (1941-).

A Long Story.

Ama Ata Aidoo (1942-).

A Gift from Somewhere.

Minnie Bruce Pratt (1944-).

Poem for My Sons.

Keri Hulme (1947-).

One Whale, Singing.

Rita Dove (1952-).

Demeter Mourning.

Demeter Waiting.

Mother Love.

Cherrié Moraga (1952-).

La Guera.

For the Color of My Mother.

Kate Daniels (1953-).


Love Pig.

In My Office at Bennington.

After Reading Reznikoff.

Prayer for My Children.


Topics for Discussion, Journals, and Essays.

Creative Writing Exercise.

Oral History Project.

Margit Stange (1949-).

Personal Property: Exchange Value and the Female Self in The Awakening.

Paula Gunn Allen (1939-).

Who Is Your Mother? Red Roots of White Feminism.



Annotated Bibliography.

Michelle Cliff (1946-).

If I Could Write This in Fire, I Would Write This in Fire.

Trinh T. Minh-ha (1952-).

Not You/Like You: Postcolonial Women and the Interlocking.

Questions of Identity and Difference.

Mary Sidney Herbert (1561-1621).

The Doleful Lay of Clorinda.

Aemilia Lanyer (1569-1645).

from Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum.

Katherine Philips (1632-1664).

To the Excellent Mrs. A.O. upon her receiving the name of Lucasia.

Friendship's Mysteries, to my dearest Lucasia.

On Rosania's Apostasy, and Lucasia's Friendship.

Lucasia, Rosania, and Orinda, parting at a Fountain.

Mary Rowlandson (1636?-1710?).

from The Sovereignty and Goodness of God, Together with the Faithfulness of His Promises Displayed, Being a Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson.

Hannah More (1745-1833).

from The Black Slave Trade.

Phillis Wheatley (1753?-1784).

On Being Brought from Africa to America.

To S.M., A Young African Painter, On Seeing His Works.

To the Right Honorable William, Earl of Dartmouth.

Dorothy Wordsworth (1771-1855).

from The Grasmere Journals.

Margaret Fuller (1810-1850).

from Woman in the Nineteenth Century.

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886).

258 (There's a certain Slant of Light).

280 (I felt a Funeral, in my Brain).

303 (The Soul Selects her Own Society).

341 (After great pain, a formal feeling comes-).

365 (Dare you See a Soul at the White Heat?).

508 (I'm ceded-I've stopped being Theirs-).

512 (The Soul has Bandaged moments-).

709 (Publication-is the Auction).

754 ((My Life Had Stood-a Loaded Gun).

1072 (Title divine-is mine!).

Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935).

I Sit and Sew.

The Proletariat Speaks.

Zitkala-Sä (Gertrude Bonnin) (1876-1938).

The Tree-Bound.

Susan Glaspell (1882-1948).


Marianne Moore (1887-1972).

The Fish.

The Paper Nautilus.

The Mind Is an Enchanting Thing.

In Distrust of Merits.

Like a Bulwark.

Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923).

The Doll's House.

Eudora Welty (1909-).

Why I Live at the P.O..

Doris Lessing (1919-).

An Old Woman and Her Cat.

Oodgeroo of the tribe Noonuccal (1920-1993).

We Are Going.

Anita Desai (1937-).

Surface Textures.

Paula Gunn Allen (1939-).

Molly Brant, Iroquois Matron, Speaks.

Taku Skansken.

Angela Carter (1940-1992).


Buchi Emecheta (1944-).

from Second Class Citizen.

Jamaica Kincaid (1949-).


Ingrid de Kok (1951-).

Our Sharpeville.

Small Passing.



Topics for Discussion, Journals, Essays.

Creative Writing Exercise.

June Jordan (1936-).

The Difficult Miracle of Black Poetry in America or Something Like a Sonnet for Phillis Wheatley.

Joanne Feit Diehl ( 1947-).

Selfish Desires: Dickinson's Poetic Ego and the Rites of Subjectivity.



Annotated Bibliography.

Adrienne Rich (1929-).

Notes Toward a Politics of Location.

Diving into the Wreck.


One: Comrade.

Two: Movement.

Three: Origins.

Four: History.

Ellen Kuzwayo (1914-).

Nkosi Sikelel'i Afrika (God Bless Africa).

Rachel Speght (1597?-1630?).

from A Muzzle for Melastomus.

Mary Astell (1666-1731).

from A Serious Proposal to the Ladies.

Sarah Fyge (1670-1723).

The Liberty.

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797).

from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.

Mary Hays (1760-1843).

from Appeal to the Men of Great Britain in Behalf of Women.

Sojourner Truth (1797?-1883).

Ain't I A Woman?

Keeping the Thing Going While Things are Stirring.

Harriet Martineau (1802-1876).

from Society in America.

Citizenship of People of Colour.

Political Nonexistence of Women.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861).

The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim's Point.

A Curse for a Nation.

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911).

The Slave Mother.

Free Labor.

An Appeal to My Country Women.

Learning to Read.

Rebecca Harding Davis (1831-1910).

Life in the Iron Mills.

Anzia Yezierska (1881?-1970).

Soap and Water.

H.D. (1886-1961).



from The Walls Do Not Fall (I-IV).

Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980).

Bubble of Air.

Letter to the Front (VII).

Kathe Kollwitz.


Nadine Gordimer (1923-).


Janet Frame (1924-).

The Chosen Image.

Maya Angelou (1928-).

Still I Rise.

Toni Morrison (1931-).


Caryl Churchill (1938-).

Vinegar Tom.

Irena Klepfisz (1941-).

from Bashert.

death camp.

A Few Words in the Mother Tongue.

Eavan Boland (1944-).


Writing In a Time of Violence.

Zoë Wicomb (1948-).

Bowl Like Hole.

Carolyn Forché (1950-).

The Colonel.


Ourselves or Nothing.

The Garden Shukkei-en.

The Testimony of Light.

Louise Erdrich (1954-).



Topics for Discussion, Journals, and Essays.

Group Research Assignment.

Ann Parry (1949?-).

Sexual Exploitation and Freedom: Religion, Race, and Gender in Elizabeth Barrett Browning's The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim's Point.

Nell Irvin Painter (1942-).

"Ar'n't I a Woman?".

Historical Appendix: Old English and Middle English Literature-449-1485.

Historical Appendix: Renaissance and Early Seventeenth-Century Literature-1485-1650.

Historical Appendix: Late Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Literature-1650-1800.

Historical Appendix: Nineteenth-Century Literature-1800-1900.

Historical Appendix: Modernist Literature-1900-1945.

Historical Appendix: Contemporary Literature-1945-2000.


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