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Feminist Criticism. Jillian Campbell Tyler Stevenett Samantha Mooring. Definition. No one definition. “several shapes and directions” Focuses on gender equality Feminist critics think that literature is written by males and looked at through a masculine lens.

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Feminist Criticism

Jillian Campbell

Tyler Stevenett

Samantha Mooring


Definition

  • No one definition. “several shapes and directions”

  • Focuses on gender equality

  • Feminist critics think that literature is written by males and looked at through a masculine lens.


  • “To read with heightened awareness of the nature, social roles, and treatment of female characters”

  • Feminist critics consider how females are portrayed in a work and how the females in a work have been understood by audiences


Background

  • Modern feminist movement began in 1960’s

  • Before women were thought as ‘inferior creatures’ and ‘lesser beings’

  • Closely related to the feminist movement (Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton)

  • In a patriarchal society, womens talents and products are undervalued


Mary Wollstonecraft

  • 1759 – 1797

  • Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman 1792

  • Wrote that women should take action and make men notice that women had equal abilities


  • “If women be educated for dependence; that is, to act according to the will of another fallible being, and submit, right or wrong, to power, where are we to stop?”

    -Mary Wollstonecraft


Elaine Showalter

  • 1941-

  • A Literature of Their Own in1977

  • Divided feminist criticism into three phases:

    • The Feminine Phase (1840-80)

    • The Feminist Phase (1880-1920)

    • The Female Phase (1920-present)


Questions to Consider

  • Where do you find an imbalance of power among the characters?

  • How do the male characters view the female characters in the text? How do the female characters veiw themselves?

  • Do the female characters conform to the expected norms?


Credits

  • http://www.slideshare.net/comoedu/feminist-criticism-2012-11705782

  • Theory into Practice- Ann B. Dobie

  • Google Images

  • http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/m/marywollst204503.html

  • http://www.jrank.org/literature/pages/5747/Elaine-Showalter.html

  • http://www.thingsmeanalot.com/2011/01/literature-of-their-own-by-elaine.html


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