By Professor Gill Plain, Susan Sellers
Feminism has reworked the educational research of literature, essentially changing the canon of what's taught and surroundings new agendas for literary research. during this authoritative heritage of feminist literary feedback, top students chart the advance of the perform from the center a long time to the current. the 1st component to the publication explores protofeminist proposal from the center a while onwards, and analyses the paintings of pioneers corresponding to Wollstonecraft and Woolf. the second one part examines the increase of moment wave feminism and maps its interventions around the 20th century. a last part examines the effect of postmodernism on feminist notion and perform. This ebook bargains a finished advisor to the historical past and improvement of feminist literary feedback and a full of life reassessment of the most matters and authors within the box. it's crucial studying for all scholars and students of feminist writing and literary feedback.
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One would think that he had been Metamorphosed from a Man to a Woman, for who could Describe Cleopatra Better than he hath done, and many other Females of his own Creating, as Nan Page, Mrs Page, Mrs Ford, the Doctors Maid, Bettrice, Mrs Quickly, Doll Tearsheet, and others, too many to Relate? (Cavendish, 1664/1997: 130) With these remarks on the women in the plays and her fascinating suggestion of Shakespeare’s creative androgyny, we may safely claim that Cavendish’s account includes the first feminist commentary on Shakespeare.
A woman that attempts the Pen, Such an intruder on the rights of men, Such a presumptuous Creature, is esteem’d, The fault, can by no vertue be redeem’d. (Finch, c. 1690/2001: 459) This boldness – or, from another perspective, lack of ‘vertue’ – in an early modern woman writer is precisely what we might term feminist initiative. The presumption of her committing pen to paper in a creative manner was deeply felt by virtually every early modern woman writer, even when, as in the case of Elizabeth Jocelin, she was addressing her text to a private audience of one, her own as yet unborn child.
The ‘marryd state’ afforded ‘but little Ease’, according to the poet Katherine Philips in the 1640s; she suggested that the Feminism in the Renaissance and seventeenth century 29 distresses of marriage could be discerned in the care-worn faces of wives, even though they had learned to ‘desemble their misfortunes well’ (Philips, 1988: 188–9). If women were the daughters of Eve, they were certainly bearing her punishment in the early modern period: ‘Unto the woman [God] said . . in sorrow shalt thou bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee’ (Genesis 3:16).
A History of Feminist Literary Criticism by Professor Gill Plain, Susan Sellers