Higher Education

Images of Women in Literature, 5th Edition

  • Mary Anne Ferguson Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Jean Ferguson Carr University of Pittsburgh
  • ISBN-10: 0395551161  |  ISBN-13: 9780395551165
  • 624 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1986
  • © 1991 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $142.50



Images of Women in Literature, Fifth Edition, is an anthology of literature--short fiction, poetry, and drama--by a broad range of female and male writers depicting the roles of women in literature.

Table of Contents

I. Traditional Images of Women
Image One: The Wife
Little Woman, Sally Benson
The Angel over the Right Shoulder, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
Cutting the Jewish Bride's Hair, Ruth Whitman
The Bridal Veil, Alice Cary
Aunt Rosanna's Rocker, Nicholosa Mohr
Migration, Carol Gregory
A Wife's Story, Bharati Mukherjee
Secretive, Jane Augustine
Driving to Oregon, Jean Thompson
Facing the Music, Larry Brown
Marks, Linda Pastan.
Image Two: The Mother
I Sing the Body Electric! Ray Bradbury
On the First Night, Erica Jong
Transition, Toi Derricotte
The Mother, Gwendolyn Brooks
Pressure for Pressure, Ellen Lesser
Expensive Gifts, Sue Miller
Daddy, Jan Clausen
The Envelope, Maxine Kumin
Between the Lines, Ruth Stone
I Ask My Mother to Sing, Li-Young Lee
Flower Feet, Ruth Fainlight
Speculation, Gloria C
Girl, Jamaica Kincaid
Cihuatlyotl, Woman Alone, Gloria E
Dear Toni Instead of a Letter, Audre Lorde
Souvenir, Jayne Anne Phillips
Bridging, Max Apple
Grace, Vicki Sears.
Image Three: Woman on a Pedestal
Susanna and the Elders, Adelaide Crapsey
In an Artist's Studio, Christina Rossetti
The Glamour Trap, George Lefferts
Pretty, Alta
The End of a Career, Jean Stafford
Song, William Blake
Baby, You Were Great! Kate Wilhelm
La Belle Dame sans Merci, John Keats
The Loreley, Heinrich Heine
Erzulie Freida, Zora Neale Hurston
Image Four: The Sex Object
The Girls in Their Summer Dresses, Irwin Shaw
Brooklyn, Paule Marshall
One off the Short List, Doris Lessing
The Patriarch, Colette
Metonymy, Julie Fay
From I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
With no immediate cause, Ntozake Shange
From Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself, Linda Brent [Harriet Jacobs]
From The Maimie Papers, Maimie Pinzer
Poem about My Rights, June Jordan
Image Five: Women without Men
Miss Gee, W.H. Auden
Bedquilt, Dorothy Canfield Fisher
The Women Men Don't See, James Tiptree, Jr
Silk-Workers, Agnes Smedley
My Lover Is a Woman, Pat Parker
Trespassing, Valerie Miner
Home, Shirley Ann Grau
The Story of an Hour, Kate Chopin
The Widow's Lament in Springtime, William Carlos Williams
Mourning to Do, May Sarton
Old Things, Bobbie Ann Mason.
II. Woman Becoming
A Prison gets to be a friend, Emily Dickinson
Tell Me a Riddle, Tillie Olsen
Unlearning to Not Speak, Marge Piercy
Seventeen Syllables, Hisaye Yamamoto
Three Women, Charlotte Perkins Gilman
A Allegory on Wimmen's Rights, Marietta Holley
Miss Rosie, Lucille Clifton
I Like to Think of Harriet Tubman, Susan Griffin
From Work: A Story of Experience, Louisa May Alcott
From Gifts of Power, Rebecca Jackson
A Person as Well as a Female, Jade Snow Wong
Spelling, Margaret Atwood
Trifles, Susan Glaspell
Diving into the Wreck, Adrienne Rich
Hope, Nadya Aisenberg
Homecoming, Martha Collins
A Woman at the Window, Nellie Wong
Present, Sonia Sanchez
Beyond What, Alice Walker
Three Dreams in the Desert under a Mimosa Tree, Olive Schreiner
Woman, Alaíde Foppa.
Afterword: Writing Images/Images of Writing by Jean Ferguson Carr
Suggestions for Further Reading
Works Cited in Introductions
Works Cited in Previous Editions
Reference Works
Anthologies of Women's Writings
Selected Recent Literary Criticism and Theory
Author/Title Index.