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Literary Feminisms : Transitions - Ruth Robbins

Literary Feminisms


Paperback Published: 9th February 2000
ISBN: 9780333689202
Number Of Pages: 290

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Literary Feminisms provides a map for charting the difficult waters that feminist theories have created in literary studies. Ruth Robbins shows the reasons for the development of feminist literary critiques, explains the difficulties and exposes some of feminism's blindspots. A wide range of theorists is discussed, ranging from Wollstonecraft to Kristeva, showing the ways in which materialist, psychoanalytic and literary accounts of feminist thinking creatively intersect. Through a series of exemplary readings, of texts such as The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Yellow Wallpaper, she also points out how the student reader can begin to make her or his own feminist criticism, and can learn to engage with both the politics and poetics of the literature.

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'I thought at first - not another book on feminist literary theory. But in fact it is not just another book - it is a very good book - very readable and clear, well thought out, with original things to say. I like it very much indeed.' - Dr C. Tylee, Brunel University 'Ruth Robbins surveys and interprets "feminisms" for the benefit of those who find the variety and obscurity of feminist inquiry daunting or off-putting. Proceeding both chronologically and categorically, the author presents the arguments of a wide variety of theorists who draw from a common background of Western literary tradition. She does not shrink from addressing contentious views; her tone and her language are precise and insightful, so she illuminates theory even as she offers critical assessment of its borders and absences...An excellent resource for undergraduates, graduate students and teachers.' - R. Nadelhaft, Choice

General Editor's Preface Acknowledgements Introduction: Gestures Towards Definitions SECTION ONE: HISTORIES Liberal, Materialist and Socialist Literary Feminisms Images of Women Criticism The Woman as Writer: Forging Female Traditions SECTION TWO: (PSYCHO)ANALYSES Psychoanalysis and/or Feminism? Julia Kristeva: Rewriting the Subject 'Mirror, Mirror ...': Luce Irigaray and Reflections of and on the Feminine Helene Cixous: Laughing at the Oppositions SECTION THREE: DIFFERENCES Differences of View and Viewing the Differences: Challenging Female Traditions SECTION FOUR: READINGS Reading the Boys' Own Stories Reading the Writing on the Wall: Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper' The Mark on the Wall: Marking Differences, Marking Time Annotated Bibliography Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9780333689202
ISBN-10: 0333689208
Series: Transitions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 290
Published: 9th February 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Annotated