Posted by nmj:
I'm always curious about lists of writers' favourite books but was peeved to see a recommendation for a recent book ('sympathetic, informed, canny') by Elaine Showalter. The book may well deserve such praise from Joyce Carol Oates, but I have not read - and will never read - anything by Showalter for I cannot see her name without feeling huge anger and disrespect.
(For those who don't know, in 1997, she wrote Hystories: Hysterical Epidemics and Modern Media in which she irresponsibly and shamefully argued that ME and Gulf War Syndrome - like claims of alien abduction - were manifestations of hysteria, 'psychogenic syndromes of the 1990s'. She was most certainly not sympathetic, informed or ... Read more>>