Feminist Theory and Literary Practice

Feminist Theory and Literary Practice

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This book is an exploration of women's writing that focuses on the close links between literary texts and the theories that construct those texts as 'women's writing'. Each chapter deals with one of the issues or concepts that have engaged both authors and theorists - rhetoric, work, consciousness, nature, class and race. A detailed analysis shows how each concept has been used by feminists to construct a specific text in such a way that it is received as a work of 'women's writing', particularly in American literature.Using canonical texts, from Charlotte Perkins Gilman through Kate Chopin and Willa Cather to Alice Walker and Ann Beattie, Madsen engages with the major debates within feminist studies. Moving on from Showalter's groundbreaking work to broaden the trajectory of feminist concern, this book is an accessible account of the varieties of feminist thought within the context of the key American texts.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 139.2 x 221 x 23.9mm | 537.46g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745316026
  • 9780745316024

About Deborah L. Madsen

Lynne Phillips is Dean of Arts and Professor of Anthropology at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is the editor of The Third Wave of Modernization in Latin America: Cultural Perspectives on Neoliberalism (1998). Sally Cole is Professor of Anthropology at Concordia University, Montreal. She is the author of Ruth Landes: A Life in Anthropology (2003).show more

Table of contents

Preface Introduction: Feminism in America 1. Gender and Rhetoric: Liberal Feminism and Mary Rowlandson 2. Gender and Work: Marxist Feminism and Charlotte Perkins Gilman 3. Gender and Consciousness: Psychoanalytic Feminism and Kate Chopin 4. Gender and Nature: Ecofeminism and Willa Cather 5. Gender and Sexuality: Radical Feminism and Adrienne Rich 6. Gender and Class: Socialist Feminism and Ann Beattie 7. Gender and Race: Feminism of Colour and Alice Walker, Denise Chavez, Leslie Marmon Silko, Maxine Hong Kingston Bibliography Indexshow more

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