Feminist literary theory and criticism

a Norton reader
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English literature -- Women authors, American literature -- Women authors, Literature -- Women authors, Feminist literary criticism -- Literary collections, Feminism -- Literary collections, Feminist literary criticism -- History, Feminism and literature -- History, Women and literature -- Hi
Statement[introduction by] Sandra M. Gilbert, Susan Gubar
GenreLiterary collections
ContributionsGilbert, Sandra M, Gubar, Susan, 1944-
LC ClassificationsPR1110.W6 F46 2007
The Physical Object
Paginationxviii, 997, A21 p. ;
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL17248000M
ISBN 100393927903
ISBN 139780393927900
LC Control Number2007020372

Feminist theory and various forms of feminist critique began long before the formal naming of the school of literary criticism. In so-called first-wave feminism, the "Woman's Bible," written in the late 19th century by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, is an example of a work of criticism firmly in this school, looking beyond the more obvious male Author: Linda Napikoski.

All feminist activity, including feminist theory and literary criticism, has as its ultimate goal to change the world by prompting gender equality. Gender issues play Feminist literary theory and criticism book part in every aspect of human production and experience, including the production and experience of literature, whether we are consciously aware of these issues or not.

Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar’s newest collaboration, Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism: A Norton Reader, is the first collection to trace the historical evolution of feminist writing about literature in English from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century.

With selections by more than writers and scholars, the Reader is an ideal companion for literature surveys where 5/5(3).

“Feminist Literary Theory: A Reader is an indispensable guide, companion and handbook for students and teachers of women’s literature.

No other anthology offers so many bite-sized tasters of work on gendered authorship, literary production, critical reception, sexuality /5(3). Feminist literary criticism is used to explore the inequalities, social injustices and abusive messages directed toward women within patriarchal societies and rchy is a system of social organization that traces descent through the male line and bestows privilege and power to males on the assumption of their physical and intellectual superiority over women.

This introduction to feminist literary criticism in its international contexts discusses a broad range of complex critical writings and then identifies and explains the main developments and debates within each approach. Each chapter has an easy-to-use format, comprising an introductory.

In her recent book on feminist criticism,Crossing the Double-Cross(), Elizabeth A. Meese remarks that the “prescriptive [feminist] criticism” identified by Cheri Register in this book represented “the first assertion of feminist critical authority.” “An idea presented before its time, prescriptive criticism was effectively silenced by a feminist community bent on coexistence and.

In this authoritative history of feminist literary criticism, leading scholars chart the development of the practice from the Middle Ages to the present. The first section of the book explores protofeminist thought from the Middle Ages onwards, and analyses the work of pioneers such as Wollstonecraft and Woolf.

Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar s newest collaboration, Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism: A Norton Reader, is the first collection to trace the historical evolution of feminist writing about literature in English from the Feminist literary theory and criticism book Ages to the twenty-first century."4/5.

Feminist literary criticism is the critical analysis of literary works based on the feminist perspective. In particular, feminist literary critics tend to reject the patriarchal norms of literature "that privileges masculine ways of thinking/points of view and marginalizes women politically, economically and psychologically," according to Paul Ady, associate professor of English at Assumption.

This research guide will assist you in finding sources for feminist literary criticism. Briefly, feminist criticism aims to reinterpret literature from a female point of view. This is accomplished in several ways. Some feminist critics seek to interpret the works of male authors, with particular attention to women characters, in order to explore the moral, political and social restrictions.

A feminist criticism essay is usually a careful analysis of the feminist issues, represented in the book, which are basically concerned with the images of the female characters and their role in the narration.

There are a number of standard aspects you can focus on, while exploring the view of the author on women, expressed in his work.

First of all, prepare sketches of the female characters. In the landmark edition of Feminisms, Robyn Warhol and Diane Price Herndl assembled the most comprehensive collection of American and British feminist literary criticism ever to be published.

In this revised edition, the editors have updated the volume, in keeping with the expanded parameters of feminist literary discourse. With the inclusion of more than two dozen new essays, along with /5(3). Get this from a library. Feminist literary theory and criticism: a Norton reader.

[Sandra M Gilbert; Susan Gubar;] -- A collection of women's meditations on literary creativity, beginning with medieval and early modern women of letters and concluding with contemporary scholars, with emphasis on writings by.

And beyond the realm of the personal, feminist theory has literally opened up a whole new world of reading. Unlike some other kinds of literary criticism (*cough* psychoanalysis *cough*), feminism doesn't just want to talk about new ways of reading secret phallus symbols into old classics.

Since the s, feminist scholars have re-shaped the. This is a great introductory text on the history of feminist literary theory.

She summarizes important feminist works, provides helpful criticism, and writes in a manner that is enjoyable and not at all boring/5. Fendler, Susanne, ed. Feminist Contributions to the Literary Canon: Setting Standards of Taste. Mellen, Fisher, Jerilyn and Ellen S. Silber, ed. Analyzing the Different Voice: Feminist Psychological Theory and Literary Texts.

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Frankenstein, feminism, and literary theory Cave ab homine unius libri, as the Latin epigram warns us: "beware the au­ thor of one book." Frankenstein has so overshadowed Mary Shelley's other books in the popular imagination that many readers believe - erroneously­ that she is a one-book author.

While this is decidedly not the case, Franken­Cited by: 7. This volume offers a comprehensive account of modern literary criticism, presenting the field as part of an ongoing historical and intellectual tradition.

Featuring thirty-nine specially commissioned chapters from an international team of esteemed contributors, it fills a large gap in the market by combining the accessibility of single-authored selections with a wide range of critical /5(3).

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First wave feminist criticism includes books like Marry Ellman's Thinking About Women () Kate Millet's Sexual Politics (), and Germaine Greer's The Female Eunuch (). An example of first wave feminist literary analysis would be a critique of William Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew for Petruchio's abuse of Katherina.

criticism written by a woman, no matter what the subject; (2) any criti- cism written by a woman about a man's book which treats that book from a "political" or "feminist" perspective; and (3) any criticism written by a woman about a woman's book or about female authors in general.

Feminist criticism Feminism and feminist criticism 's movement" of the s Was not, of course, the start of feminism. Rather, it was a renewal of an old traditton of thought and action already possessing its classic books whlch had diagnosed problem of women's inequality in society, and (in some cases) proposed Size: 3MB.

The critical approaches encompass Marxist feminism and contemporary critical theory as well as other forms of discourse. It also provides an overview of the developments in feminist literary theory, and covers all the major debates within literary feminism, including "male feminism".

Literary Theory and Criticism: An Introduction provides an accessible overview of major figures and movements in literary theory and criticism from antiquity to the twenty-first century.

It is designed for students at the undergraduate level or for others needing a broad synthesis of the long history of literary theory. Gay theory and criticism Lesbian feminist theory and criticism Queer theory and criticism Conclusion: Post-Theory Appendix 1: Recommended glossaries of theoretical and critical terms and concepts Appendix 2: Literary, critical and cultural theory.

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The first major book of feminist critical theory published in the United States is now available in an expanded second edition.

This widely cited pioneering work presents a new introduction by the editor and a new bibliography of feminist critical theory from the last decade. Feminist literary criticism is a method for the analysis and interpretation of literary texts and other cultural productions through the lens of feminist theories.

Feminist literary theory and criticism have been characterized by a number of concerns and emphases, including the following: An interest in discovering or “recovering” the works of women. literary and critical are our practices, and how are our practices feminist and literary and critical.

If the professing of feminism has shifted the literary paradigm, has the professing of literary criticism also shifted the feminist paradigm. As a way into this question, I want to identify three moments in the movement of U. feminist. Second wave feminism is a term used to describe a new period of feminist collective political activism and militancy which emerged in the late s.

The concept of ‘waves’ of feminism was itself only applied in the late s and early s and therefore its application to a previous era of female activism tells us a great deal about the. Feminist Criticism - One Approach to Literature MrsSimmons. How to Write a Book: Literary Theory & Criticism: Crash Course for UGC NET English.Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism: A Norton Reader by Gilbert, Sandra M.

and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at What is Feminist Theory in Literature? Feminist literary criticism is a way to read, interpret, and critique literature where the reader finds and exposes misogyny, or a dislike or mistreatment of.