Using the concepts and practices of feminist literary criticism, this constantly challenging workbook not only makes the connection between women's writing and women's lives but breaks new ground in enabling students to apply critical concepts and to feel more at ease with the texts common to feminist literary theory. Based on extraordinarily wide-ranging material gathered over many years by the UK's leading specialist, the workbook embodies the best of current teaching in this field. The emphasis throughout the workbook is on taking the reader more deeply into the issues raised, rather than on finding "correct" answers. Active participation is stimulated as the reader is asked to investigate, discuss and evaluate the exciting and representative texts presented by the author. Each clearly-focused section: engages the reader with direct questions and specific tasks. provides a rich variety of materials and approaches. includes suggestions for further reading and research.Sections include: Speech and Silence, Defining a Feminist Text, The Death of the Woman Author?, Feminist Criticisms, Finding the Subject and The Politics of Location.