Women's Way With Love And Death: More Than Female Savagery

Women's Way with Love and Death

Women have always been masters at devastating domestic retort in art as well as life. Feminine sensibility in fiction is popularly supposed to deify feeling, but the better women novelists have customarily proved short on gush and coolly capable of dealing out the kind of cruel punishments that love gone wrong (or right) often seems to breed. It is hardly surprising, in this age when violence seems so fashionable, to find a handful of female writers, some celebrated, some not, skillfully spinning tales of love and death....