The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar
Author: Sylvia Plath
Publsiher: e-artnow
Total Pages: 179
Release: 2018-07-29
ISBN 10: 8026896556
ISBN 13: 9788026896555
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Bell Jar Book Review:

This carefully crafted ebook: "The Bell Jar" is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. Esther Greenwood, a young woman from the suburbs of Boston, gains a summer internship at a prominent magazine in New York City, under editor Jay Cee; however, Esther is neither stimulated nor excited by either the big city or the glamorous culture and lifestyle that girls her age are expected to idolize and emulate. She instead finds her experience to be frightening and disorienting. From hereafter her mental state keeps deteriorating until she starts feeling helpless as if being kept inside a glass bell jar! The Bell Jar is the only novel written by the American writer and poet Sylvia Plath. Originally published under the pseudonym "Victoria Lucas" in 1963, the novel is semi-autobiographical, with the names of places and people changed. The book is often regarded as a roman à clef because the protagonist's descent into mental illness parallels Plath's own experiences with what may have been clinical depression or bipolar II disorder. Plath died by suicide a month after its first UK publication. The novel was published under Plath's name for the first time in 1967 and was not published in the United States until 1971, in accordance with the wishes of both Plath's husband, Ted Hughes, and her mother.

The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar
Author: Sylvia Plath
Publsiher: Faber & Faber
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2008-11-20
ISBN 10: 0571248209
ISBN 13: 9780571248209
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Bell Jar Book Review:

'A modern classic.' Guardian 'A near-perfect work of art.' Joyce Carol Oates I was supposed to be having the time of my life . . . Working as an intern for a New York fashion magazine in the summer of 1953, Esther Greenwood is on the brink of her future. Yet she is also on the edge of a darkness that makes her world increasingly unreal. Esther's vision of the world shimmers and shifts: day-to-day living in the sultry city, her crazed men-friends, the hot dinner dances . . . The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath's only novel, is partially based on Plath's own life. It has been celebrated for its darkly funny and razor sharp portrait of 1950s society, and has sold millions of copies worldwide. ONE OF THE BBC'S '100 NOVELS THAT SHAPED OUR WORLD' 'As clear and readable as it is witty and disturbing.' New York Times Book Review Reader responses: 'Plath's underrated humour shines through this startling account of 1950s 'normality'.' 'Very readable, often darkly funny, and feels fresh.' 'Plath's masterpiece . . . It's amazing how relevant this book still is.' 'So enthralling . . . So thought provoking, so vivid, that it's thoroughly engrossing.' 'I just couldn't put it down.' 'Ever better than I expected.'

The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar
Author: Sylvia Plath
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2015-08-11
ISBN 10: 0062444476
ISBN 13: 9780062444479
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Bell Jar Book Review:

Sylvia Plath's shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. In her acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that her insanity becomes palpably real, even rational—as accessible an experience as going to the movies. A deep penetration into the darkest and most harrowing corners of the human psyche, The Bell Jar is an extraordinary accomplishment and a haunting American classic.

Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar
Author: Harold Bloom
Publsiher: Infobase Publishing
Total Pages: 175
Release: 2009-01-01
ISBN 10: 1604132035
ISBN 13: 9781604132038
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar Book Review:

An overview of the novel features a biographical sketch of the American author, a list of characters, a summary of the plot, and critical and analytical views of the work.

The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar
Author: Sylvia Plath
Publsiher: Faber & Faber
Total Pages: 234
Release: 2009
ISBN 10: 9780571245642
ISBN 13: 0571245641
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Bell Jar Book Review:

The Bell Jar is Sylvia Plath's only novel. Renowned for its intensity and outstandingly vivid prose, it broke existing boundaries between fiction and reality and helped to make Plath an enduring feminist icon. It was published under a pseudonym a few weeks before the author's suicide.

The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar
Author: Sylvia Plath
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 216
Release: 1972
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015006570447
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Bell Jar Book Review:

The heartbreaking story of a talented young woman who descends into madness.

The Bell Jar, a Novel of the Fifties

The Bell Jar, a Novel of the Fifties
Author: Linda Wagner-Martin
Publsiher: Twayne Publishers
Total Pages: 114
Release: 1992
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015025628184
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Bell Jar, a Novel of the Fifties Book Review:

"Though her life was brief, the American poet and novelist Sylvia Plath (1932-63) exerted a profound influence on contemporary writers, particularly women writers of the sixties and seventies. Just as to her Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry Plath brought a decidedly feminist perspective, so too did she etch in her novel The Bell Jar a disturbing vision of life for young women in America at midcentury. The Bell Jar - based on Plath's own experiences as a student at Smith College, an intern at Mademoiselle, and a young woman battling for her own sanity amid societal mores of the times - was initially published in England under a pseudonym, its American publication stifled for years by the writer's family. When, however, the 1963 novel was finally released to U.S. audiences in 1971, it achieved both critical and popular success, and has since become a classic of feminist literature and a unique vehicle for better appreciating Plath's gifts." "It is through a multifaceted lens that Linda Wagner-Martin examines The Bell Jar in this new study. Whereas past critical attention has centered on The Bell Jar as autobiography, Wagner-Martin transcends that approach, looking as well at the novel in its larger context of the social and historical forces shaping women's lives in America during the fifties and sixties. Thus eschewing a simplistic reading of the novel, the author plumbs issues of gender, genre, and narrative voice. Arguing that Plath's troubled personal history was the product of her struggle against contemporary social forces, Wagner-Martin reviews the writer's prior work and inspects earlier, partial versions of the novel; explores Plath's use of humor and sarcasm; traces the writer's representation of patriarchal structures in the novel; and ultimately places the novel squarely in the tradition of works about women at odds with a society dominated by patriarchal values. A brilliantly argued, eminently readable approach to this masterpiece, The Bell Jar: A Novel of the Fifties is certain to be lauded by scholars and students alike."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

A Study Guide for Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

A Study Guide for Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar
Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Publsiher: Gale, Cengage Learning
Total Pages: 15
Release: 2015-09-15
ISBN 10: 1410335496
ISBN 13: 9781410335494
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Study Guide for Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar Book Review:

A Study Guide for Sylvia Plath's "The Bell Jar," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Novels for Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Novels for Students for all of your research needs.

Reflecting on The Bell Jar

Reflecting on The Bell Jar
Author: Pat Macpherson
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 101
Release: 1991
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015021993103
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reflecting on The Bell Jar Book Review:

This feminist study of Sylvia Plath and her novels intends to provide a new approach to one of feminism's most difficult heroines. It traces Plath's work in relation to the history of the feminist movement and the evolution of feminist literature.

The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath
Author: Janet McCann
Publsiher: Salem PressInc
Total Pages: 403
Release: 2011
ISBN 10: 9781587658365
ISBN 13: 1587658364
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath Book Review:

The Bell Jar is a highly distinctive and unusual book, and although the era of the 1950's it represents has faded and disappeared into history, the power of this novel does not dissipate. The original essays in this volume each take on a specific angle from which to examine the work. One essay discusses the issue of nature vs. nurture in the novel, while another discusses the similarities between Plath's work and Susanna Kaysen's Girl, Interrupted. The older essays provide some of the finest scholarship on The Bell Jar that has been made available over the years, and offer a wide variety of critical approaches to this work.

Study Guide to The Bell Jar and Other Works by Sylvia Plath

Study Guide to The Bell Jar and Other Works by Sylvia Plath
Author: Intelligent Education
Publsiher: Influence Publishers
Total Pages: 114
Release: 2020-06-28
ISBN 10: 1645424111
ISBN 13: 9781645424116
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Study Guide to The Bell Jar and Other Works by Sylvia Plath Book Review:

A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for selected works by Sylvia Plath, who at an early age won prizes for her poetry. Titles in this study guide include The Bell Jar, Two Views of a Cadaver Room, Night Shift, Disquieting Muses, Spinster, Crossing the Water, and The Bee Poems. As a collection of fiction, short stories, and poetry of the late- twentieth-century, Plath’s work was largely biographical and confessional as she wrote through her depression and other tragic circumstances. Moreover, critics praised her use of literary devices such as imagery, meter, and voice. This Bright Notes Study Guide explores the context and history of Plath’s classic work, helping students to thoroughly explore the reasons they have stood the literary test of time. Each Bright Notes Study Guide contains: - Introductions to the Author and the Work - Character Summaries - Plot Guides - Section and Chapter Overviews - Test Essay and Study Q&As The Bright Notes Study Guide series offers an in-depth tour of more than 275 classic works of literature, exploring characters, critical commentary, historical background, plots, and themes. This set of study guides encourages readers to dig deeper in their understanding by including essay questions and answers as well as topics for further research.

Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath
Author: Raychel Haugrud Reiff
Publsiher: Benchmark Books
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2008
ISBN 10: 9780761429623
ISBN 13: 076142962X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sylvia Plath Book Review:

"A biography of writer Sylvia Plath that describes her era, her major works--the novel The bell jar and her poetry--her life, and the legacy of her writing"--Provided by publisher.

The Struggle for Women's Liberation in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

The Struggle for Women's Liberation in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale
Author: Kelly B. Nickell
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 66
Release: 2017
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: OCLC:1004225825
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Struggle for Women's Liberation in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale Book Review:

Sylvia Plath and Margaret Atwood each have novels that are currently being brought to the big and little screens. A film-version of Plath's novel, The Bell Jar, is expected in 2018, while Hulu will be releasing their The Handmaid's Tale at the end of this month. This thesis explores the relevance of the two novels in relation to the need for sustained feminist activism. The Bell Jar, first published in England under Plath's pseudonym, Victoria Lucas, remains as Plath's only novel among pages and pages of her poetry. Since Plath ended her own life before the novel was published in the U.S., many readers did not experience the novel until after her death when her family published the novel with Plath's name on the cover. Plath's novel provides readers an insight into the life of Esther Greenwood, a proto-feminist lonely in her quests to find what feminist theorist Helene Cixous calls an "elsewhere" away from patriarchal entrapment; that is, a space to explore her desire for advanced education, a fulfilling career, and a satisfying sexual life. Atwood's novel, on the other hand, offers a response of the post-feminist generation which followed that of Esther's proto-feminist one. Offred, The Handmaid's Tale narrator-protagonist, is pleased with her rights regarding education, careers, and sexuality. Before the dystopian Gilead takes over the United States, Offred is only able to view feminist ideologies and activism in terms of her own complicated relationship with her mother. Both Plath and Atwood present the complex identities of women who struggle to navigate the competing messages about socially acceptable femininity coming not only from society, but from within themselves as well. Each text exemplifies the necessity for women to stand in solidarity with each other so that we all can reach our greatest human potential.

Sounds from the Bell Jar

Sounds from the Bell Jar
Author: Gordon Claridge,Ruth Pryor,Gwen Watkins
Publsiher: Ishk Book Service
Total Pages: 260
Release: 1998
ISBN 10: 9781883536152
ISBN 13: 1883536154
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Sounds from the Bell Jar Book Review:

This groundbreaking work is a unique collaboration between an Oxford psychologist and two literary critics. It explores the lives and works of 10 authors, among them Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath, who embody both serious mental illness and great originality of thought. The book draws upon personal diaries, historical archives, clinical records, and literary productions, and examines modes of thinking, such as divergent thought, over-inclusiveness, and autism, which psychosis and creativity might have in common. Using genetics, experimental abnormal and clinical psychology, personality research, descriptive psychiatry, and literary analysis, Claridge, Pryor, and Watkins present the revolutionary idea that normality and psychosis are continuous with each other. Healthy varieties and styles of thought and perception substantially overlap with the inclination to psychotic breakdown, and indeed might at times be identical. Psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, therapists, and general readers will gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between madness and creativity from this book.

The split identity of Esther Greenwood in Silvia Plath's "The Bell Jar"

The split identity of Esther Greenwood in Silvia Plath's
Author: Sarah Schommer
Publsiher: GRIN Verlag
Total Pages: 15
Release: 2008-07-18
ISBN 10: 3640106571
ISBN 13: 9783640106578
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The split identity of Esther Greenwood in Silvia Plath's "The Bell Jar" Book Review:

Seminar paper from the year 2008 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (Department of English and Linguistics), course: Madness in Literature, 7 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: 1. Introduction Madness is an important aspect in literature - especially madness of female writers respectively madness of female chief characters is interesting to deal with concerning the social role of women in the cause of time. It [madness] is that state of mind where a person’s feelings or beliefs about himself [...] are completely disrupted, making him unable to function in whatever social role – husband, parent, friend, employee – he might expect to enjoy. It is the state where the sufferer passes beyond the bounds of reality, intelligibility, and rationality as defined by the bulk of society. The psychotic is a stranger among his own people. (Nettle 12) A character consistent to this definition of madness is Esther Greenwood in Silvia Plath’s autobiographical novel The Bell Jar which was published 1963. Being a young intelligent woman, Esther becomes mad as a result of the mental stress to conform to the traditional role of women or to break tradition. Esther Greenwood is passive and unable to be agent of her life. Never having learned how to develop herself as an independent individual, she is dependent on others and follows their ideals of a fulfilling life. She is torn between starting a family and starting a career. According to this, The Bell Jar reveals the difficulty of becoming an adult, by breaking tradition to be able to realize one’s personal scheme of life. As Susan Bassnett points out, “The Bell Jar is a novel about a suicide attempt that fails; but it is also a novel about a woman who learns how to live with herself and how to come to terms with the world, that world of destruction and horror [...]” (Bassnett 122). As the story of Esther Greenwood’s madness is full of interesting symbols and motifs, it is unfortunately impossible to deal with the whole of them. Consequently this paper will focus on few aspects revealing the split identity of Esther Greenwood and show the process of her recovery as well. These basic motifs are: the fig-tree, the fake identity she builds up and the motif of the bell jar. They will be discussed in the context of Esther’s mental illness...

Oppression of the Female in "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath

Oppression of the Female in
Author: Anonym
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 36
Release: 2020-03-19
ISBN 10: 9783346149169
ISBN 13: 3346149161
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Oppression of the Female in "The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath Book Review:

Bachelor Thesis from the year 2019 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 2,3, University of Dusseldorf "Heinrich Heine", language: English, abstract: The purpose of this thesis is to examine how female authors have presented their own views of a gender restrictive era. Therefore, I am going to analyze two feminist theories, Margaret Fuller's theory "Woman in the nineteenth century" (1845) and Betty Friedan's "Feminine Mystique" (1963), as well as Sylvia Plath's novel "The Bell Jar" (1963). These texts are chosen as they all deal with issues related to femininity and tried to redefine gender roles at their time. The first part of this thesis will compare the theoretical ideas of Friedan and Fuller in order to see how these authors have experienced the patriarchal system of their time and to what extent the role of women in American society has changed. Both theories are important for the analysis of "The Bell Jar" as they contribute to an understanding of the protagonist's struggle to adapt to the implicit rules of the patriarchal system she lives in. The concepts of marriage, education and career as well as motherhood and domesticity are exclusively chosen to explain Esther's place in a society that has certain expectations and rules for women the heroine can no longer accept. Sylvia Plath's novel calls attention to the injustice of the treatment young women received at that time and shows the destructive effects of her era on women who refused to conform to ideals and rules made by the patriarchal system. The main part of this thesis examines how the novel presents the oppressive system of 1950's America in which the heroine has to live in. With "The Bell Jar", Plath provides insight into 1950's America and underlines several issues regarding femininity. She demonstrates these issues with several characters that are either challenging or upholding the system, with character relationships or with medical institutions that "stand as an emblem fo

Feminist Features in Sylvia Plath's Novel The Bell Jar

Feminist Features in Sylvia Plath's Novel The Bell Jar
Author: Némethyné Győri Ágnes
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 88
Release: 2004
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: OCLC:1082064944
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Feminist Features in Sylvia Plath's Novel The Bell Jar Book Review:

The Gender Roles in Sylvia Plath's "The Bell Jar" and in America of the 1950's

The Gender Roles in Sylvia Plath's
Author: Stine Munkedal
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 142
Release: 2000
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: OCLC:464830382
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Gender Roles in Sylvia Plath's "The Bell Jar" and in America of the 1950's Book Review:

The Problem of Finding an Identity

The Problem of Finding an Identity
Author: Szigeti Nóra
Publsiher:
Total Pages: 42
Release: 1993
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: OCLC:1081638273
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Problem of Finding an Identity Book Review:

Depression in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

Depression in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar
Author: Dedria Bryfonski
Publsiher: Greenhaven Publishing LLC
Total Pages: 168
Release: 2012-01-12
ISBN 10: 0737765003
ISBN 13: 9780737765007
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Depression in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar Book Review:

Because wherever I sat, on the deck of a ship or at a street café in Paris or Bangkok, I would be sitting under the same glass bell jar, stewing in my own sour air. Readers who are familiar with Sylvia Plath's work may recognize this well-known quotation from her first and only novel, The Bell Jar, which tackles issues of depression, mental illness, and the search for individuality. This compelling volume examines Sylvia Plath's life and writings, with a specific look at key ideas related to The Bell Jar. A collection of twenty-three essays offers readers context and insight to discussions centering around the pervasive impact of illness, the novel as a search for personal identity, and the autobiographical nature of the work. The book also examines contemporary perspectives on depression, such as the sometimes deadly pressure of perfectionism on gifted teens, and the idea that depression and risk of suicide run in families.