ZELDA: THE MADWOMAN IN THE FLAPPER DRESS My November Column at Bookslut

"Is a pen a metaphorical penis?" Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar asked in their seminal study of women writers and the literary imagination The Madwoman in the Attic (1979, reissued 2011). Their answer was a resounding, if complex, yes, resulting in our most robust and far-reaching feminist literary theory to date. "In patriarchal Western culture," …