Sandra Mortola Gilbert and Susan David Gubar
Gilbert: The Feminist's Feminist; The Madwoman's Everywoman; Susan Gubar's Other Half; Gilbert the Great
We're both female. And as female writers, we haven't always had it easy. We are part of a long tradition of women writers who have struggled to find their voice in a sea of privileged male voices—even in the 21st century. The more things change, the more they stay the same, are we right?
Gilbert: New York City—Queens, to be exact. With great Italian immigrant parents.
Gilbert: Might be easier to list where I haven't taught, rather than where I have taught. I'm no academic vagabond; I'm just in high demand. I'm one of those rare cheery academics.
Gilbert: My B.A. is from Cornell, my M.A. from New York University, and my Ph.D. from Columbia University—in English, not Women's Studies. I had to come along and shepherd Women's Studies Departments into existence. My dissertation was on—you guessed it—D.H. Lawrence, that English novelist famous for his obsession with masculine power.
We are what you might call hardcore happy feminists. Now, you probably won't find us at the Washington Mall marching around, pumping some sign in the air. That's just not how we roll, politically speaking.
Gilbert: Like my politics, my religious beliefs emerge through the way I read texts. So, when everyone got really pumped about my original reading of Christina Rossetti's poem "Goblin Market," that was because I looked at "The Poetics of Renunciation"—I read a distinct religious allegory in the poem.
The idea of influence