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The Cambridge Companion to Feminist Literary Theory


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Ellen Rooney, Ann duCille, Geraldine Heng, Nancy Armstrong, Linda Anderson, Katherine Mullin, Kari Weil, Nickianne Moody, Rey Chow, Rashmi Varma, Rosemary Marangoly George, Elizabeth Weed, Berthold Schoene
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  • Date Published: July 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521807067

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  • Feminism has dramatically influenced the way literary texts are read, taught and evaluated. Feminist literary theory has deliberately transgressed traditional boundaries between literature, philosophy and the social sciences in order to understand how gender has been constructed and represented through language. This lively and thought-provoking Companion presents a range of approaches to the field. Some of the essays demonstrate feminist critical principles at work in analysing texts, while others take a step back to trace the development of a particular feminist literary method. The essays draw on a range of primary material from the medieval period to postmodernism and from several countries, disciplines and genres. Each essay suggests further reading to explore this field further. This is the most accessible guide available both for students of literature new to this developing field, and for students of gender studies and readers interested in the interactions of feminism, literary criticism and literature.

    • The most accessible guide available to a complex and controversial field
    • Features suggestions for further study and reading
    • Contributors explain and demonstrate feminist critical principles at work
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    • Date Published: July 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521807067
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Ellen Rooney
    Part I. Problematics Emerge:
    1. On canons: anxious history and the rise of black feminist literary studies Ann duCille
    2. Pleasure, resistance, and a feminist aesthetics of reading Geraldine Heng
    3. The literary politics of feminist theory Ellen Rooney
    Part II. In Feminism's Wake: Genre, Period, Form:
    4. What feminism did to novel studies Nancy Armstrong
    5. Autobiography and the feminist subject Linda Anderson
    6. Modernisms and feminisms Katherine Mullin
    7. French feminisms' écriture féminine Kari Weil
    8. Feminism and popular culture Nickianne Moody
    Part III. Feminist Theories in Play:
    9. Poststructuralism: theory as critical self-consciousness Rey Chow
    10. On common ground: feminist theory and critical race studies Rashmi Varma
    11. Feminists theorize colonial/postcolonial Rosemary Marangoly George
    12. Feminist psychoanalytic literary criticism Elizabeth Weed
    13. Queer politics, queer theory, and the future of identity: spiralling out of culture Berthold Schoene.

  • Editor

    Ellen Rooney, Brown University, Rhode Island
    Ellen Rooney is Professor of English and Gender Studies at Brown University, Rhode Island.


    Ellen Rooney, Ann duCille, Geraldine Heng, Nancy Armstrong, Linda Anderson, Katherine Mullin, Kari Weil, Nickianne Moody, Rey Chow, Rashmi Varma, Rosemary Marangoly George, Elizabeth Weed, Berthold Schoene

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