on Herself Beheld: The Literature of the Looking Glass by Jenijoy La Belle

on The Sisters’ Arts: The Writing and Painting of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell by Diane Filby Gillespie

on Wildish Things: An Anthology of New Irish Women’s Writing by Ailbhe Smyth

on Looking On: Images of Femininity in the Visual Arts and Media by Rosemary Betterton

Challenging the Hierarchies (on Reading in Detail: Aesthetics and the Feminine by Naomi Schor; The Pirate’s Fiancee: Feminism, Reading, Postmodernism by Meaghan Morris; & The Feminist Spectator as Critic by Jill Dolan and Ann Arbor)

Unfinished Lives of Sylvia Plath (on Sylvia Plath: A Biography by Linda Wagner-Martin & Bitter Fame: A Life of Sylvia Plath by Anne Stevenson)

Edward Butscher’s poetry and criticism have appeared in numerous literary journals and publications, including the Saturday Review of Literature, Newsday, and the American Book Review. In 1976 he published the first biography of Sylvia Plath, and in 1988 his biography Conrad Aiken: Poet of White Horse Vale won the Poetry Society of America’s Melville Cane Award.

Ambiguous Womeriy Unwomanly Ambitions (on Life/lines: Theorizing Women’s Autobiography by Bella Brodzki and Celeste Schenck; The Private Self: Theory and Practice of Women’s Autobiographical Writings by Shari Benstock; & Writing a Woman’s Life by Carolyn G. Heilbrun)

Some Recent Herstories (on Obscene Gestures for Women by Janet Kauffman; After You’ve Gone by Alice Adams; Light Can Be Both Wave and Particle by Ellen Gilchrist; Confessions of a Bad Girl by Bette Pesetsky; & The Women Who Walk by Nancy Huddleston Packer)

Greg Johnson, whose reviews have appeared regularly in our pages across many years, has published two novels, five collections of short stories, and several volumes of nonfiction. He lives in Atlanta and teaches in the graduate writing program at Kennesaw State University.

Achieving Women (on Building Domestic Liberty: Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Architectural Feminism by Polly Wynn Allen; Ellen Glasgow’s Reasonable Doubts: A Collection of Her Writings by Julius Rowan Raper; & Gender, Race, and Region in the Writings of Grace King, Ruth McEnery Stuart, And Kate Chopin by Helen Taylor)