This introduction to feminist literary criticism in its international contexts discusses a broad range of complex critical writings and then identifies and explains the main developments and debates within each approach. Each chapter has an easy-to-use format, comprising an introductory overview, an explanation of key themes and techniques, a detailed account of the work of specific critics, and a summary which includes critiques of the approach. Each chapter is accompanied by a guide to the primary texts and further reading.
1. Introduction: The 1960s to the 1990s 2. Second Wave: de Beauvoir, Millett, Friedan, Greer 3. Myth Criticism: Daly, Pratt, Walker 4. Marxist and Socialist Feminist Criticism: Birmingham Centre, Barrett, Kaplan, Robinson 5. French Feminist Criticism: Ecriture and Etudes Feminines, Kristeva, Cixous, Irigaray 6. Psychoanalytical Criticism: Mitchell, Jacobus, Gilbert and Gubar 7. Poststructuralism, deconstruction, postmodernism: Spillers, Spivak, Blau DuPlessis 8. Black Feminisms: The African Diaspora: Overview, Walker, Lorde, Smith, Christian, Ngcobo 9. Lesbian Feminism: Wittig, Zimmerman, Anzaldua, Sedgwick and Queer Theory, Rule, Stimpson, Daly 10. Third World Feminist Criticism: Third Wave and Fifth Gear: India, Latin America, Sandoval, Mohanty, Anzaldua, Chow, Castellenos 11. Feminist Futures