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On Reading: Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar on Still Mad with Jamia Wilson

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Tuesday, 7:00 pm EDT September 28, 2021

Online via Zoom

Renowned feminist scholars Susan Gubar and Sandra Gilbert (The Madwoman in the Attic) return with a brilliant new work of literary criticism, Still Mad: American Women Writers and the Feminist Imagination. In Still Mad, they trace the history of the contemporary women’s movement as told through the lives of the literary women who helped shape it. Citing works by Sylvia Plath, Betty Friedan, and Joan Didion, Still Mad shows how the legacies of these authors extend into the present. Gilbert and Gubar will discuss the new book and the importance of reading these authors today in a special event in the On Reading series moderated by author and editor Jamia Wilson (Young, Gifted, and Black).


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In Conversation

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    Sandra M. Gilbert

    Sandra M. Gilbert

    Sandra M. Gilbert is a distinguished literary critic, poet, and professor emerita at the University of California, Davis. The author, most recently, of Judgment Day: Poems, she lives in Berkeley, California.

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    Susan Gubar

    Susan Gubar

    Susan Gubar is an acclaimed memoirist, literary critic, and professor emerita at Indiana University. The author, most recently, of Late-Life Love: A Memoir, she lives in Bloomington, Indiana. Gubar is the co-author, with Sandra M. Gilbert, of The Madwoman in the Attic, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and co-editor of The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, among other volumes. In 2012, they were awarded the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Book Critics Circle.

    Photo Credit: Eli Setiya

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    Jamia Wilson

    Jamia Wilson

    Jamia is a feminist activist, writer, and speaker. She joined Random House as vice president and executive editor in 2021. As the former director of the Feminist Press at the City University of New York and the former VP of programs at the Women’s Media Center, Jamia has been a leading voice on women’s rights issues for over a decade. Her work has appeared in numerous outlets, including the New York Times, the Today Show, CNN, Elle, BBC, Rookie, Refinery 29, Glamour, Teen Vogue, and the Washington Post. She is the author of This Book Is Feminist, Young, Gifted, and Black, the introduction and oral history in Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World, Step Into Your Power: 23 Lessons on How to Live Your Best Life, Big Ideas for Young Thinkers, ABCs of AOC, and the co-author of Roadmap for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Advocacy, and Activism for All. Jamia is passionate about mission-driven organizations and serves on the Omega Institute, Feminist.com, and Center for Reproductive Rights boards and the St. Timothy’s School Advisory Council.