Page Count: 250
Publication Date: December 2017
PHYLLIS CHESLER'S QUOTE FOR FINDING THE PLOT
This extraordinary work seeks to heal the divisions between feminist literary critics in terms of how they understand madness, the interrupted heroic journey, "empowered (non-biological) maternalism" and transformation. Rogers brings an enormous erudition to bear on the compelling, controversial, and unresolved questions about fictional mad women in the attic, in the insane asylum, and in life, and what relationship they have and might have to both their critics and readers.
Rogers's goal--restoring the broken mythic and psychological connection between mothers and daughters in patriarchy, in fiction, and in feminist critiques--is creative and potentially healing. Always, what is missing in the novels she focuses upon, is a "maternal mentor," even or especially within oneself. Rogers understands that "privileging" madness as a feminist rebellion merely affirms the gendered "status quo." Daringly, she calls for "happy endings," which means both a descent into the "shadow" self and an ascent into self-esteem, and self-authored lives.
Brava Megan Rogers!