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Literary feminisms

Author: Ruth Robbins
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.
Series: Transitions (St. Martin's Press)
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"Literary Feminisms provides a map for charting the difficult waters that feminist theories have created in literary studies. Ruth Robbins shows the reasons for the development of feminist literary critiques, explains the difficulties and exposes some of feminism's blindspots. A wide range of theorists is discussed from Wollstonecraft to Kristeva, showing the ways in which materialist, psychoanalytic and literary  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth Robbins
ISBN: 0312228074 9780312228071 0312228082 9780312228088
OCLC Number: 42027520
Description: xii, 290 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Liberal, materialist and socialist literary feminisms --
Images of women criticsm [sic] --
Woman as writer: forging female traditions --
Psychoanalysis and/or feminism --
Julia Kristeva: rewriting the subject --
'Mirror, mirror': Luce Irigaray and reflections of and on the feminine --
Cixous: laughing at the oppositions --
Differences of view and viewing the differences: challenging female traditions --
Reading the boys' own stories: The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The picture of Dorian Gray and Heart of darkness --
Reading the writing on the wall: Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'The yellow wall-paper' --
Afterword: the mark on the wall: marking differences, marking time.
Series Title: Transitions (St. Martin's Press)
Responsibility: Ruth Robbins.
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"Literary Feminisms provides a map for charting the difficult waters that feminist theories have created in literary studies. Ruth Robbins shows the reasons for the development of feminist literary critiques, explains the difficulties and exposes some of feminism's blindspots. A wide range of theorists is discussed from Wollstonecraft to Kristeva, showing the ways in which materialist, psychoanalytic and literary accounts of feminist thinking creatively intersect. Through a series of exemplary readings of texts such as Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray and Gilman's The Yellow Wall-paper she also points out how the student reader can begin to make her or his own feminist criticism, and can learn to engage with both the politics and poetics of the literature." "'This is a lively, straightforward and highly accessible introduction to the varieties of feminist criticism which are found today. Robbins gives a brief and very useful overview of the history of recent feminist thought ... Particularly useful are the feminist readings she offers: exemplar of how to turn theory into practice. I would have no hesitation in recommending this book to my own students Robbins writes with confidence and clarity. She explains critical concepts lucidly: her aim is to enable not over-awe, her audience. Even a student sceptical about feminist theory would gain greatly from this work, and those who already believe themselves familiar with the field will be led to see familiar texts - both theoretical and literary - in fresh ways. Literary Feminisms provides an invaluable introduction to its field' - Kate Flint, Linacre College, Oxford."--Jacket.

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