Elaine Showlater talks to Jeff Schechtman about the literary work of American woman

March 25th, 2009

Richard Yates is getting a new following since the movie Revolutionary Road. Cheever is the subject of a new biography and Updike has had a revival since his death. Yet, the women who wrote some great work during this same period seemingly have been overlooked. Elaine Showalter believes it is high time to fully integrate the contributions of women into our American literary heritage, and she undertakes the task with brilliance and flair, making the case for the unfairly overlooked and putting the overrated firmly in their place. She has written A JURY OF HER PEERS. A book that will greatly enrich our understanding of American literary history and culture. My conversation with Elaine Showalter: