Response to Gilbert Gubar and Woolf essays

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Jared Hartzman Response to Gubar & Gilbert and Woolf In “Infection in the Sentence” by Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, Gilbert and Gubar’s main arguments are that women are brought up inferior to men. This would obviously mean that a woman writer doesn’t experience the “anxiety of influence” that male writers experience. Instead women deal with the “anxiety of authorship.” This is a “radical fear that she cannot create, that because she can never become a “precursor” the act of writing will isolate or destroy her.” Women writers, according to Gilbert and Gubar, are in a constant struggle for “artistic self-definition.” While Bloom believes that men writers are in constant “anxiety of influence,” Gilbert and Gubar state that women writers are pioneers in a creativity so immense that it had not been seen since the Renaissance. Like in the “Infection in the Sentence,” “A Room
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Unformatted text preview: of One’s Own” brings up the female inferiority both in writing and in everyday life. “A Room of One’s Own” follows a woman, with an unknown name, while she explores a college campus. Because she is a woman she is refused entry into the library and into the church. Unlike in “Infection in the Sentence,” Woolf has this woman decide that she will no longer take this inferior position to men. The woman “burst out in scorn at the reprehensible poverty of [her] sex.” By the end of the story, our protagonist decides it is time to “roll up the crumpled skin of the day, with its arguments and its impressions and its anger and its laughter, and cast it into the hedge.” While both essays mention women’s inferior position, it is Woolf who decides that this position is wrong and it is time to break out of it and cast off the position of inferiority....
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  • Fall '09
  • Writer, Sandra M. Gilbert, The Madwoman in the Attic

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