Literature after Feminism

Literature after Feminism

by Rita Felski
     
 

Recent commentators have portrayed feminist critics as grim-faced ideologues who are destroying the study of literature. Feminists, they claim, reduce art to politics and are hostile to any form of aesthetic pleasure. Literature after Feminism is the first work to comprehensively rebut such caricatures, while also offering a clear-eyed assessment of the

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Recent commentators have portrayed feminist critics as grim-faced ideologues who are destroying the study of literature. Feminists, they claim, reduce art to politics and are hostile to any form of aesthetic pleasure. Literature after Feminism is the first work to comprehensively rebut such caricatures, while also offering a clear-eyed assessment of the relative merits of various feminist approaches to literature.

Spelling out her main arguments clearly and succinctly, Rita Felski explains how feminism has changed the ways people read and think about literature. She organizes her book around four key questions: Do women and men read differently? How have feminist critics imagined the female author? What does plot have to do with gender? And what do feminists have to say about the relationship between literary and political value? Interweaving incisive commentary with literary examples, Felski advocates a double critical vision that can do justice to the social and political meanings of literature without dismissing or scanting the aesthetic.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226241142
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Rita Felski is a professor of English at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Beyond Feminist Aesthetics: Feminist Literature and Social Change, The Gender of Modernity, and Doing Time: Feminist Theory and Postmodern Culture.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Readers23
2Authors57
3Plots95
4Values135
Notes171
Index187

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