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Feminist Literary Studies : An Introduction - K. K. Ruthven

Feminist Literary Studies

An Introduction

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Published: 22nd April 1991
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The rise of feminism is undeniably one of the major events in the development of literary criticism this century. Feminist approaches have pushed forward both the theory of literary criticism and the understanding of individual works of literature. K. K. Ruthven's lucid introduction to the subject offers a broad survey, looking at the impact of Marxism, structuralism, and post-structuralism on feminist critical practice; the argument that literary language has been shaped by masculine bias; and feminist claims for distinctive styles and traditions of women's writing. As a lively contribution written by a man to a highly controversial topic dominated by women, K. K. Ruthven's study is original and even provocative, but above all serves as a valuably clear and sympathetic guide to the complexities of an important issue in modern literary studies.

' ... fascinating reading for anyone who needs convincing of the need for feminist literary studies.' Year's Work in English Studies ' ... a stimulating book ... wide-ranging in the light of its modest claim to be an introduction to its subject.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

Preface
The gendering of critical discourse
Constructing feminist theories of criticism
Dismantling androcentric assumptions
Gynocritics; Notes
Select bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521398527
ISBN-10: 0521398525
Series: Canto Original
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 164
Published: 22nd April 1991
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.29 x 13.49  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.2