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Listening to Silences: New Essays in Feminist Criticism
     

Listening to Silences: New Essays in Feminist Criticism

by Shelley Fisher Fishkin (Editor), Elaine Hedges (Editor)
 
In Listening To Silences, a group of distinguished feminist literary critics reevaluates Olsen's heritage to reassert, extend, redefine, and question her insights, and to probe the dynamics of silence and silencing as they operate today in literature, criticism, and the academy.

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In Listening To Silences, a group of distinguished feminist literary critics reevaluates Olsen's heritage to reassert, extend, redefine, and question her insights, and to probe the dynamics of silence and silencing as they operate today in literature, criticism, and the academy.

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"Because of this wide range of critical texts and perspectives, this would be an excellent text to use as part of an undergraduate or graduate course [focusing] on women's writing and/or feminism in the American context...These essays could serve as models for their own criticism as well as aids to reading and classroom discussion....For readers interested in current critical/postmodern readings of speech and silence in American feminist thought and writing, this anthology will present a valuable supplemtn and reference to their thought and work."—MELUS

"Paying homage to the wealth of conceptual possibilities first introduced by Tillie Olsen, this collection is admirable for its refusal to remain silent about any aspect of women's writings—or women's lives—inside or outside the academy. As a result, these essays tremble with revelations—about sexuality, mothering, teaching, reading, writing, and how we construct feminist literary criticism as a profession and as a life's practice."—Annette Kolodny, author of The Lay of the Land and The Land Before Her

"This is a landmark volume in the history of American feminism. Elaine Hedges and Shelley Fisher Fishkin have produced the only version of the history of feminist criticism in the U.S.—what it's about and what it still wants to do—that makes sense to me. The story it tells, of the foundation of women's studies on the circulation of Tille Olsen's reading lists, of publishers convinced to join her in the recovery of lost writers, of the origins of struggle to change the canonical curriculum in the U.S. universities in the politics of the American left—this is the real story of our roots.***continued in next field****

**continued from previous field*** Every piece is political in this gripping narrative of what we did as engaged writers, critics, and teachers and what we failed to do. Every essay is committed to critiquing the past performance of feminism and urging us on in racial, ethnic, and class consciousness, in the bread-and-butter issues of our lives in teaching. Listening to Silences is as vital and important to intellectuals of the '90s as Silences was to the '70s and '80s."—Jane Marcus, Distinguished Professor of English, The City College of New York

"Listening to Silences is an exceptionally rich and methodologically expansive collection of essays that reminds us of the centrality of the works of Tillie Olsen in feminist criticism in particular and post-structuralism in general. This book presents feminist criticism at its best by demonstrating that it is not simply a critique on gender, but an indispensable tool for examining the textual production of culturally diverse women."—Claudia Tate, George Washington University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195073065
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/20/1994
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.08(d)

Meet the Author

Elaine Hedges is Professor of English and Director of Women's Studies at Towson State University.
Shelley Fisher Fishkin is Professor of American Studies at the University of Texas, Austin.

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