By Professor Gill Plain, Susan Sellers
Feminism has remodeled the tutorial learn 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, best students chart the improvement of the perform from the center a long time to the current. the 1st component of the ebook explores protofeminist notion from the center a long time onwards, and analyses the paintings of pioneers resembling 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 impression of postmodernism on feminist proposal and perform. This e-book deals a complete advisor to the background and improvement of feminist literary feedback and a full of life reassessment of the most matters and authors within the box. it's crucial interpreting for all scholars and students of feminist writing and literary feedback.
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The title of Whitney’s introductory poem, ‘A Communication Which the Author Had to London Before She Made Her Will’, explicitly gives the ‘Author’ the female personal pronoun, offering a regendering of authorship, in addition to claiming a kind of legal status for this function by writing a metaphoric ‘Will’ (Whitney, 1573/1998: 1). Thus women writers of the early modern period were acting as feminist critics themselves in their self-conscious discourses on the nature of their work. 9 The clearest case of an individual woman’s feminist critical reflection on the issues of women and writing is that of Aemilia Lanyer, who published a volume of her own verse, Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum, in 1611.
1100–c. 1375: The Commentary Tradition, Oxford: Clarendon Press. Richards, Earl Jeffrey (ed. ) (1982), The Book of the City of Ladies, by Christine de Pizan, New York: Persea. Riddy, Felicity (1993), ‘‘‘Women Talking about the Things of God’’: A Late Medieval Sub-culture’, in Women and Literature in Britain, 1150–1500, ed. Carol M. Meale, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. The Riverside Chaucer (1987), gen. ed. Larry D. Benson, Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Schibanoff, Susan (1996), ‘Worlds Apart: Orientalism, Antifeminism, and Heresy in Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale’, in Exemplaria 8.
Although there thus seems to be evidence both internal and external that Chaucer’s various representations were indeed feminist literary critical gestures, there is as well a sense that they were controversial. The morality of his poetry may have been up for discussion at court, if protestations (in 18 CAROLYN DINSHAW the voice of the Man of Law in the Canterbury Tales) of the uprightness of Chaucer’s narratives are any indication. An explicit response to accusations of harm to women is found in the Prologue to the Legend of Good Women, a dream-vision poem begun by Chaucer in the mid-1380s and revised (perhaps because its self-defence was important) after a number of years.