Analyzing the Different Voice: Feminist Psychological Theory and Literary Texts

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The essays collected in "Analyzing the Different Voice: Feminist Psychological Theory and Literary Texts" apply influential, pathbreaking psychological studies about women's lives to literature. In their analyses of fictional portraits, contributors both challenge and confirm psychological theories about female identity, about "connection/separation" as developmental catalysts, and about the impact of gender on "voice," moral decision-making, and epistemology in relation to classical and contemporary literary ...
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The essays collected in "Analyzing the Different Voice: Feminist Psychological Theory and Literary Texts" apply influential, pathbreaking psychological studies about women's lives to literature. In their analyses of fictional portraits, contributors both challenge and confirm psychological theories about female identity, about "connection/separation" as developmental catalysts, and about the impact of gender on "voice," moral decision-making, and epistemology in relation to classical and contemporary literary texts, written by both women and men.

Author Biography: Jerilyn Fisher is assistant professor of English at City University of New York/Hostos Community College. She is the author of numerous articles and co-editor of "The Women's Studies Service Learning Handbook". Ellen Silber is professor of French language and literature at Marymount College. She has authored numerous articles and co-edited "Women's Voices".

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Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy
Interesting, enlightening, and useful.
Hypatia
Interesting, enlightening, and useful.
Feminist Theory, Vol. 1 (1), April 2000 - Wendy Hollway
The chapters themselves are a delight to read: the illuminating potential of the central concepts was creatively demonstrated.

Through the lens of literary texts, these chapters succeed in illuminating the complexity, ambivalence and richness in women's experience and their primary relationship in a way which feminist social science has to struggle to achieve.

These volumes display a coherence around clearly articulated themes which is enriched by the variety of approaches which different authors bring to bear on their subject.

Valuable and important texts, not only for feminist psychology but as part of its contribution to feminist theory more generally.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847686407
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/29/1998
  • Series: New Feminist Perspectives Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerilyn Fisher is assistant professor of English at City University of New York/Hostos Community College. She is the author of numerous articles and co-editor of The Women's Studies Service Learning Handbook. Ellen Silber is professor of French language and literature at Marymount College. She has authored numerous articles and co-edited Women's Voices.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Acknowledgements Part 3 I. Psychological Development During Adolescence: Girls' Voices of Surrender and Resistance Chapter 4 Initiation Stories and Gender Chapter 5 The Dangers of Time Travel: Revisioning the Landscape of Girls' Relationships in Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye Chapter 6 In the "I" of Madness: Shifting Subjectiveness in Girls' and Women's Psychological Development in The Yellow Wallpaper Chapter 7 Fairy Tales, Feminist Theory, and the Lives of Women and Girls Part 8 II. Epistemology: Women Developing Knowledge through Connection and Separation Chapter 9 Truth, Authority, and Detective Fiction: The Case of Agatha Christie's The Body in the Library Chapter 10 Reading Silence in Joy Kogawa's Obasan Chapter 11 Motherlands and Foremothers: African American Women's Texts and the Concept of Relationship Part 12 III. Moral Decision-Making in the Different Voice Chapter 13 Liberation Fables "in a Different Voice": Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse and Margaret Drabble's The Waterfall Chapter 14 A Case of Pre-Oedipal and Narrative Fixation: The Same Sea as Every Summer Chapter 15 The Bonds of Love and the Boundaries of Self in Toni Morrison's Beloved Chapter 16 Maternal Splitting: "Good" and "Bad" Mothers and Reality Chapter 17 To Be True: Moral Dilemma in The Scarlett Letter Chapter 18 Index

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