Anyway, here is a graf I ended up leaving out for space concerns but I'm presenting as a special "angry feminist" bonus for you guys. It's in response to Showalter's assertion that women writers are now "free":
This is the one aspect of the book that is perhaps questionable: while women are indeed free to write whatever they want, women who treat male subjects like Western-writer Annie Proulx, who Showalter admires, receive more mainstream praise than those who write about women’s lives more exclusively. Chick-lit is still a derogatory term (although Showalter takes it seriously) and prominent book review sections remain male-dominated. So equality remains slightly out of reach. And some critics will doubtless reject Showalter’s efforts at an “alternative canon,” believing that any list or canon of important writers is exclusive by nature and reinforces race, class, and gender hierarchies.
Introducing "A Jury of Her Peers"
Roiphe's craptastic review
A Response to Roiphe's Review