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Preface: Reality Check
When one of us was in gradu ate school, two young assistant professors of En glish were writing an ambitious and very long book together. That was The Madwoman in the Attic, a nowclassic work of feminist literary criticism (the title is an allusion to Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, in which a still-living wife is the male protagonist's incon ve nient secret). 1 The authors, Susan Gubar and Sandra Gilbert, quickly became major figures in their field, and their book and ideas endure. What wasdoi:10.1515/9780691209876-002 fatcat:rfyayn6tt5a7rk4bd5f7h3nohy