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Making a Difference : Feminist Literary Criticism - Gayle Greene

Making a Difference

Feminist Literary Criticism

By: Gayle Greene (Editor), Coppelia Khan (Editor)

Paperback Published: 19th December 1985
ISBN: 9780415010115
Number Of Pages: 288

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Feminist scholarship employs gender as a fundamental organizing category of human experience, holding two related premises: men and women have different perceptions or experiences in the same contexts, the male perspective having been dominant in fields of knowledge; and that gender is not a natural fact but a social construct, a subject to study in any humanistic discipline. This challenging collection of essays by prominent feminist literary critics offers a comprehensive introduction to modes of critical practice being used to trace the construction of gender in literature.
The collection provides an invaluable overview of current femionist critical thinking. Its essays address a wide range of topics: the rerlevance of gender scholarship in the social sciences to literary criticism; the tradition of women's literature and its relation to the canon; the politics of language; French theories of the feminine; psychoanalysis and feminism; feminist criticism of writing by lesbians and black women; the relationship between female subjectivity, class, and sexuality; feminist readings of the canon.

General Editor's Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Feminist Scholarship and the Social Construction of Womanp. 1
Varieties of Feminist Criticismp. 37
The Politics of Language: Beyond the Gender Principle?p. 59
Inscribing Femininity: French Theories of the Femininep. 80
Notesp. 108
Mind Mother: Psychoanalysis and Feminismp. 113
Pandora's Box: Subjectivity, Class and Sexuality in Socialist Feminist Criticismp. 146
What Has Never Been: an Overview of Lesbian Feminist Criticismp. 177
Black Women Writers: Taking a Critical Perspectivep. 211
Notorious Signs, Feminist Criticism and Literary Traditionp. 238
Indexp. 261
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ISBN: 9780415010115
ISBN-10: 041501011X
Series: Routledge Philosophers in Focus Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 19th December 1985
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.71 x 13.01  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1