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A History of Feminist Literary Criticism

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Gill Plain, Susan Sellers, Carolyn Dinshaw, Helen Wilcox, Susan Manly, Jane Goldman, Elizabeth Fallaize, Mary Eagleton, Helen Carr, Linda Anderson, Arlene Keizer, Caroline Gonda, Calvin Thomas, Claire Colebrook, Madelon Sprengnether, Judith Still, Chris Weedon, Heather Love, Stacy Gillis, Susan Gubar
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  • Date Published: October 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107609471

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  • Feminism has transformed the academic study of literature, fundamentally altering the canon of what is taught and setting new agendas for literary analysis. In this authoritative history of feminist literary criticism, leading scholars chart the development of the practice from the Middle Ages to the present. The first section of the book explores protofeminist thought from the Middle Ages onwards, and analyses the work of pioneers such as Wollstonecraft and Woolf. The second section examines the rise of second-wave feminism and maps its interventions across the twentieth century. A final section examines the impact of postmodernism on feminist thought and practice. This book offers a comprehensive guide to the history and development of feminist literary criticism and a lively reassessment of the main issues and authors in the field. It is essential reading for all students and scholars of feminist writing and literary criticism.

    • An up to date, authoritative overview of the state of the field
    • Coverage of feminist writing and theory since the middle ages
    • This was the first comprehensive history of feminist criticism by leading scholars
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    "...comprehensive, concise historical analysis of literary feminist criticism...Highly recommended."
    -J.M. Wood, Park University, Choice

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    • Date Published: October 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107609471
    • length: 366 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Gill Plain and Susan Sellers
    Part I. Pioneers and Protofeminism: Introduction Gill Plain
    1. Medieval feminist criticism Carolyn Dinshaw
    2. Feminist criticism in the Renaissance and seventeenth century Helen Wilcox
    3. Mary Wollstonecraft and her legacy Susan Manly
    4. The feminist criticism of Virginia Woolf Jane Goldman
    5. Simone de Beauvoir and the demystification of woman Elizabeth Fallaize
    Part II. Creating a Feminist Literary Criticism: Introduction Gill Plain and Susan Sellers
    6. Literary representations of women Mary Eagleton
    7. A history of women's writing Helen Carr
    8. Autobiography and personal criticism Linda Anderson
    9. Black feminist criticism Arlene Keizer
    10. Lesbian feminist criticism Caroline Gonda
    11. Men in feminism Calvin Thomas
    Part III. Poststructuralism and Beyond: Introduction Gill Plain and Susan Sellers
    12. Feminist criticism and poststructuralism Claire Colebrook
    13. Feminist criticism and psychoanalysis Madelon Sprengnether
    14. French feminist criticism and writing the body Judith Still
    15. Postcolonial feminist criticism Chris Weedon
    16. Feminist criticism and queer theory Heather Love
    17. Feminist criticism and technologies of the body Stacy Gillis
    Postscript: flaming feminism? Susan Gubar
    Bibliography.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Contemporary Women Writers
    • Early modern women's writing
    • Introduction to Literature
    • Spanish American Women Writers
  • Editors

    Gill Plain, University of St Andrews, Scotland
    Gill Plain is Professor of English at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

    Susan Sellers, University of St Andrews, Scotland
    Susan Sellers is Professor of English at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

    Contributors

    Gill Plain, Susan Sellers, Carolyn Dinshaw, Helen Wilcox, Susan Manly, Jane Goldman, Elizabeth Fallaize, Mary Eagleton, Helen Carr, Linda Anderson, Arlene Keizer, Caroline Gonda, Calvin Thomas, Claire Colebrook, Madelon Sprengnether, Judith Still, Chris Weedon, Heather Love, Stacy Gillis, Susan Gubar

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