Working with Feminist Criticism
November 2000, ©2000, Wiley-Blackwell
1. Speech and Silence.
2. Defining a Feminist Text.
3. Creating a Matrilineage.
4. The Woman Author: Lost and Found.
5. The Death of the Woman Author?.
6. Gender and Genre.
7. Feminism and Genre Fiction.
8. Feminist Publishing.
9. Feminist Reading.
10. Feminist Criticisms.
11. Patriarchal Binary Thought.
12. Gender Play.
13. Feminine Writing and Reading.
14. Finding the Subject.
15. The Politics of Location.
- This workbook has been designed to be used in an open, non-linear way suggesting to the reader varied approaches to the material and different ways of making links between different sections.
- Differences in level between sections, within sections and throughout the end-of-section reading lists, as well as the introduction, ensure that the workbook caters for a significant range of abilities.
- Each chapter gives a clear statement of the concerns to be dealt with so that the reader knows exactly what is entailed.
- Feedback is given in such a way as to ensure that the discussion is not closed: end-of-chapter reviews or checklists remind the reader of the key points while still leaving open differences of interpretation. On other occasions, arguments are set in opposition, offering the reader distinct positions without closing down the discussion to one "correct" answer.
- The author provides bibliographical support on various forms: the material is supplemented with specific reading guidance at the end of each section; a bibliography at the end of the book gives full bibliographic information; and, in addition, there is guidance in the introduction concerning surveys of feminist criticism, where to start with critical readings, routes through the use of reference books.
- The workbook also includes an expanded glossary.
"Working with Feminist Criticism is an invaluable resource for students coming to feminist literary criticism for the first time. However, it contains lots of useful and illuminating ideas that could be taken up by more experienced students." Caroline Guerin University of Adelaide.