LeFew-Blake, Penelope Books

About the author: Penelope LeFew-Blake received her PhD from Northern Illinois University. She is currently Professor of Literature and Western Humanities at Rock Valley College, Rockford, Illinois.

Schopenhauer, Women’s Literature and the Legacy of Pessimism in the Novels of George Eliot, Olive Schreiner, Virginia Woolf and Doris Lessing
2001 0-7734-7437-4
Eliot, Schreiner, Woolf, and Lessing are among the women writers of the British tradition whose work reveals a debt to Schopenhauer’s theory of the will and his aesthetic concepts. “In addition to rehabilitating Schopenhauer’s work generally for others to consider, Dr. LeFew-Blake then applied her insights to several women writers whose credentials as feminist thinkers have never been in doubt. This practical application of some fairly abstruse philosophical thinking is indeed a major accomplishment. . . . Dr. LeFew-Blake asks experienced readers of these four authors to reexamine familiar territory, but now to do so with the name and thinking of Arthur Schopenhauer in the forefront of their perceptions. . . . This book is indeed a splendid reconsideration of a hitherto neglected influence on the writings of women during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.” – John V. Knapp “It is certain to provide a substantial, perhaps major contribution to gender studies, women’s fiction, and most likely to arouse feminist interest in the philosopher. . . . The prose is polished and flows with a refreshingly jargon-free clarity and precision. . . . Textual and critical sources are deftly integrated with the author’s own discourse, so that the reader feels comfortably informed.” – Daniel Dervin