Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 344. Monday, 30 November 1992.
Date: Monday, 30 Nov 1992 02:06:04 -0500
Subject: Travitsky's *Paradise of Women*
I'm currently taking two courses which use Travitsky's *Paradise of Women*.
One is Shakespeare in the context of Women's Renaissance Culture, and the
other is on Women Writers Before 1800. It is the second course where the
book is being used more often.
The lack of complete works and rather limited biographies are being compensated
for through the use of student research. Before we begin discussing a writer,
a student gives a biography on her. At the beginning of the course, the
entire class signed-up for either a biography or a panel discussion of feminist
theory. The biographies have really helped in trying to keep the writers
separate, but the sheer number of women writers is a little overwhelming at
times. This is especially true when the topics of two writers overlap.
Overall, I would say that Travitsky's book is lacking.