starting to read showalter's jury
one thing is that I am unsure of the distinction she makes between all women writers and American women writers, then pointing out, of all the societies, publications, and conferences devoted to women's writing, old and new, LEGACY and Society for the Study of American Women Writers.
while she does treat this difference: primarily in what I am interested in, the difference between puritan women writers and catholic or main line protestant women writers during the restoration/counterreformation, she also 1) discards it, as not in the catchment area of her book theme,
2) resists drawing any conclusions at all, or even asking why and how questions, in favor of just looking at what american women were writing. She states she does this in order to avoid feminist criticism, in particular, but also a reaction against feminist criticism as well, as well as a reaction for and against any criticism.