New PDF release: A History of Feminist Literary Criticism

By Professor Gill Plain, Susan Sellers

ISBN-10: 0511342373

ISBN-13: 9780511342370

ISBN-10: 0521852552

ISBN-13: 9780521852555

Feminism has reworked the educational learn of literature, essentially changing the canon of what's taught and surroundings new agendas for literary research. during this authoritative heritage of feminist literary feedback, top students chart the advance of the perform from the center a while to the current. the 1st component to the publication explores protofeminist notion from the center a long time onwards, and analyses the paintings of pioneers corresponding to 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 concept and perform. This publication deals a finished consultant to the background and improvement of feminist literary feedback and a full of life reassessment of the most matters and authors within the box. it's crucial analyzing for all scholars and students of feminist writing and literary feedback.

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Seems rather as Briefs than Volumes’, whereby women express their ‘Brief Wit’ in ‘Short Works’ (Cavendish, 1664/1997: 120–1). The very idea of wit was itself gendered: Lanyer was not alone in the period in defiantly referring to her poetry as the fruit or offspring of her ‘womans wit’ (Lanyer, 1611/1993: 11), and Cavendish used revealingly gendered – largely feminine – metaphors in a survey of varieties of wit, which included ‘Gossiping Wit, as Midwife and Nurse Wit, also Wafer and Hippocras Wit, Ale and Cake Wit, as in Christning, Churching, Lying in .

Elizabeth Jocelin requested that, if her child were a daughter, she should be brought up with ‘learning the Bible, as my sisters do, good housewifery, writing, and 32 HELEN WILCOX good works’ (Jocelin, 1624/1994: 183, my italics). The writing to be taught to young women had a specific moral purpose, too, as outlined by the humanist Juan Luis Vives: And when she shall learn to write, let not her examples be void verses, nor wanton or trifling songs, but some sad sentences prudent and chaste, taken out of holy Scripture, or the sayings of philosophers .

Given these contradictory impressions of the Renaissance and seventeenth century when it comes to the position of women and their activities as speakers and writers, is it really feasible to speak of any kind of protofeminism in this period, let alone feminist literary criticism? I would firmly suggest that it is possible to discover both, and my purpose in this chapter is to support this claim. The first, and most fundamental, sign of both feminism and 30 HELEN WILCOX feminist literary awareness in this period is the very fact that women wrote at all since, as ‘Constantia Munda’ lamented in 1617, ‘feminine modesty hath confined our rarest and ripest wits to silence’ (Munda, 1617/1985: 249).

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