A History of Feminist Literary Criticism by Professor Gill Plain, Susan Sellers

By Professor Gill Plain, Susan Sellers

Feminism has reworked the educational learn of literature, essentially changing the canon of what's taught and atmosphere new agendas for literary research. during this authoritative historical past of feminist literary feedback, prime students chart the improvement of the perform from the center a while to the current. the 1st portion of the ebook explores protofeminist proposal from the center a while onwards, and analyses the paintings of pioneers reminiscent of Wollstonecraft and Woolf. the second one part examines the increase of moment wave feminism and maps its interventions around the 20th century. a last part examines the influence of postmodernism on feminist inspiration and perform. This booklet deals a accomplished consultant to the heritage and improvement of feminist literary feedback and a full of life reassessment of the most matters and authors within the box. it really is crucial analyzing for all scholars and students of feminist writing and literary feedback.

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Delany, 1986). But in such representations as Chaucer’s powerful characters, Christine’s polemics and recuperative work and Margery Kempe’s critical self, we may indeed find works that have informed modern and postmodern feminist preoccupations with gender, empire, translation, textuality and embodiment. When Virginia Woolf writes of Chaucer’s language that ‘There is . . a stately and memorable beauty in the undraped sentences which follow each other like women so slightly veiled that you see the lines of their bodies as they go’ (Woolf, 1925: 34) the metaphor is no coincidence but marks the gendered textuality that such medieval texts help us see and see beyond.

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