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Cambridge Companions to Literature : The Cambridge Companion to Feminist Literary Theory - Ellen Rooney

Cambridge Companions to Literature

The Cambridge Companion to Feminist Literary Theory

By: Ellen Rooney (Editor)

Paperback Published: 6th July 2006
ISBN: 9780521001687
Number Of Pages: 320

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Feminism has dramatically influenced the way literary texts are read, taught and evaluated. Feminist literary theory has deliberately transgressed traditional boundaries between literature, philosophy and the social sciences in order to understand how gender has been constructed and represented through language. This lively and thought-provoking Companion presents a range of approaches to the field. Some of the essays demonstrate feminist critical principles at work in analysing texts, while others take a step back to trace the development of a particular feminist literary method. The essays draw on a range of primary material from the medieval period to postmodernism and from several countries, disciplines and genres. Each essay suggests further reading to explore this field further. This is the most accessible guide available both for students of literature new to this developing field, and for students of gender studies and readers interested in the interactions of feminism, literary criticism and literature.

Notes on contributorsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Problematics emergep. 27
On canons: anxious history and the rise of black feminist literary studiesp. 29
Pleasure, resistance, and a feminist aesthetics of readingp. 53
The literary politics of feminist theoryp. 73
In feminism's wake: genre, period, formp. 97
What feminism did to novel studiesp. 99
Autobiography and the feminist subjectp. 119
Modernisms and feminismsp. 136
French feminism's ecriture femininep. 153
Feminism and popular culturep. 172
Feminist theories in playp. 193
Poststructuralism: theory as critical self-consciousnessp. 195
Feminists theorize colonial/postcolonialp. 211
On common ground?: feminist theory and critical race studiesp. 232
Feminist psychoanalytic literary criticismp. 261
Queer politics, queer theory, and the future of "identity": spiralling out of culturep. 283
Indexp. 303
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ISBN: 9780521001687
ISBN-10: 0521001684
Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 6th July 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.53