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Feminist Literary Theory: A Reader, 3rd Edition

Feminist Literary Theory: A Reader, 3rd Edition

Mary Eagleton (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-18313-0

Dec 2010, Wiley-Blackwell

502 pages

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Now in its third edition, Feminist Literary Theory remains the most comprehensive, single volume introduction to a vital and diverse field
  • Fully revised and updated to reflect changes in the field over the last decade
  • Includes extracts from all the major critics, critical approaches and theoretical positions in contemporary feminist literary studies
  • Features a new section, Writing 'Glocal', which covers feminism's dialogue with postcolonial, global and spatial studies
  • Revised chapter introductions provide readers with helpful contextual information while extensive notes offer recommendations for further reading

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1. Finding a Female Tradition.

2. Women and Literary Production.

3. Gender and Genre.

4. Towards Definitions of Feminist Writing.

5. Writing, Reading and Difference.

6. Locating the Subject.

7. Writing the Glocal.

Bibliography of Extracts.


“Feminist Literary Theory: A Reader is an indispensable guide, companion and handbook for students and teachers of women’s literature. No other anthology offers so many bite-sized tasters of work on gendered authorship, literary production, critical reception, sexuality and genre – from romantic fiction to travel writing. Mary Eagleton’s clear and informative introductions contextualize the debates represented by each extract, suggest connections between them and point to further reading. This third edition maintains and develops the irreplaceable breadth of the previous editions with several new pieces on such areas as autobiography, science fiction and border talk. The extra section, ‘Writing “Glocal”’, investigates dynamically evolving dialogues between feminism and postcolonialism, diaspora narratives and transculturalism. Whether you read from start to finish or choose to sample selectively, this rich collection will expand your knowledge and understanding of feminist thought, both as an historical discipline and as an excitingly relevant and progressive set of ideas.”
Jane Dowson, De Montfort University