The Empire Strikes Back

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Book Review


English (Scripps)

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English Language and Literature | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Gender and Sexuality | Politics and Social Change | Women's Studies


Those who are living through change may be the last to know it, until something we read brings things together in a way that makes us see that yes, things really are different-it’s not just us growing older. These books-both written by young women, both bristling with indlgnation-demonstrate that something has changed profoundly in the culture’s attitudes toward and representatlons of women, that we are undergoing a “cultural onslaught” that is the more “remarkable for how little it has been remarked upon at all.”

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© 1992 The Nation