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Feminine Sentences: Essays on Women and Culture

Feminine Sentences: Essays on Women and Culture

Janet Wolff

ISBN: 978-0-745-60855-6

Jan 1991, Polity

168 pages

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This new book integrates material drawn from a variety of sources - feminist theory, cultural and literary analysis, sociology and art history - in an original discussion of women's relationship to modern and post-modern culture.

The essays in the book challenge the continuing separation of sociological from textual analysis in cultural (and feminist) theory and enquiry. They address critically the question of women's writing, exploring the idea that women may begin to define their own lives and construct their identities in a patriarchal culture through the very process of writing. They also present a cogent defence of a feminist cultural politics, including a politics of the body.

Acknowledgements Illustrations.

1. Prospects and problems for a postmodern feminism: an introduction.

2. The culture of separate spheres: the role of culture in nineteenth-century public and private life.

3. The invisible flaneuse: women and the literature of modernity.

4. Feminism and modernism.

5. Women's knowledge and women's art.

6. Postmodern theory and feminist art practice.

7. Texts and institutions: problems of feminist criticism.

8. Reinstating corporeality: feminism and body politics.


'Janet Wolff ... sets out critical positions clearly and succinctly while retaining a sense of their complexity.' Women: A Cultural Review
* An original and accessible discussion of some of the most important issues in current debates about women and the arts. * Janet Wolff considers and challenges the invisibility of women in sociological and literary accounts of modernity. * The author explores both women's experience of modernity and women's involvement in culture, proposing a convincing and important basis for a feminist cultural politics. * This work represents a major statement of Janet Wolff's position.