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By Janet Badia

Depicted in well known movies, tv sequence, novels, poems, and numerous media stories, Sylvia Plath’s ladies readers became approximately as mythical as Plath herself, largely as the depictions are seldom sort. If one is to think the narrative informed through literary and pop culture, Plath’s basic viewers is a physique of younger, faulty ladies who uncritically—even pathologically—consume Plath’s writing without wisdom of ways they damage the author’s acceptance within the procedure.

Janet Badia investigates the evolution of this narrative, tracing its origins, exposing the gaps and elisions that experience outlined it, and deciding on it as a bullying mythology whose roots lie in an extended background of ungenerous, if no longer outright misogynistic, rhetoric approximately ladies readers that has collected new strength from the backlash opposed to modern feminism.

More than simply an exposé of our cultural biases opposed to ladies readers, Badia’s examine additionally finds how this mythology has formed the construction, reception, and overview of Plath’s physique of writing, affecting every little thing from the Hughes family’s administration of Plath’s writings to the path of Plath scholarship this day. Badia discusses quite a lot of texts and concerns whose importance has long past principally overlooked, together with the various e-book reports which were written approximately Plath’s guides; motion pictures and tv exhibits that depict younger Plath readers; editorials and fan tributes written approximately Plath; and Ted and (daughter) Frieda Hughes’s writings approximately Plath’s property and audience.

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