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Mollinger, H. (1983). The Madwoman in The ATTIC: The Woman Writer and The Nineteenth Century Literary Imagination. Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1979. xiv + 719 pp.. Psychoanal. Rev., 70(3):445-450.

(1983). Psychoanalytic Review, 70(3):445-450

The Madwoman in The ATTIC: The Woman Writer and The Nineteenth Century Literary Imagination. Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1979. xiv + 719 pp.

Review by:
Hernaz Mollinger

This is an important, well-written, wide-ranging, continually provocative, scholarly, and interesting book on female imagination and psychology as these are evidenced in the work of the great women writers of the 19th century (Jane Austen, George Eliot, Emily Dickinson, Mary Shelly, Charlotte and Emily Bronte), with examples drawn as well from 20th century literary women—for example, Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath.

The madwoman in the attic is Bertha Rochester, secret wife of Jane

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