1st Edition

Changing Subjects
The Making of Feminist Literary Criticism





ISBN 9780415752336
Published March 19, 2014 by Routledge
4 Pages

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Book Description

These twenty autobiographical essays by eminent feminist literary critics explore the process by which women scholars became feminist scholars, articulating the connections between the personal and political in their lives and work. They describe the experiences that radicalised women within academia and without, as students, professors, scholars, political activists, women. From these diverse histories a collective history emerges of the development of feminism as an intellectual and social movement, as a heuristic tool, as the redefinition of knowledge and power.

This book presents a history of the field through the eyes of those who have created it. Offering a spectrum of experiences and critical positions that engage with current debates in feminism, it will be valuable to teachers and students of feminist theory, women’s studies, and the history of the women’s movement. It will interest female writers and scholars in all disciplines and anyone who cares about feminism and its future.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Looking At History Gayle Greene and Coppélia Kahn  Part 1: Decades  2. Decades Nancy K. Miller  3. History/My History Gloria T. Hull  4. Imaginary Gardens with Real Frogs in Them: Feminist Euphora and the Franco-American Divide, 1976-88 Ann Rosalind Jones  5. Radical Optimism, Maternal Materialism and Teaching Literature Judith Kegan Gardiner  Part 2: Reading/Writing Against the Grain  6. Reader, I Married Me: A Polygynous Memoir Rachel Blau DuPlessis  7. In Academia, and Out: The Experience of a Lesbian Feminist Literary Critic Bonnie Zimmerman  8. "Except Thou Ravish Me": Penetrations into the Life of the (Feminine) Mind Molly Hite  9. The Long Goodbye: Against the Personal Testimony or, an Infant Grifter Grows Up Linda S. Kauffman  10. Feminism, the Roaring Girls and Me Margo Hendricks  Part 3: Legacies   11. Mother Coppélia Kahn  12. Getting Gendered Carolyn Porter  13. Loss and Recovery: Homes Away from Home Carol Thomas Neely  14. Being the Subject and the Object: Reading African-American Women’s Novels Barbara Christian  15. Generational Differences: Reliving Mother-Daughter Conflicts Madelon Sprengnether  Part 4: Connections and Contradictions  16. Stormy Weather: A Memoir of the Second Wave Leslie W. Rabine  17. On Having a Personal Voice Elizabeth Ermarth  18. Asians in Anglo-American Feminism: Reciprocity and Resistance Shirley Geok-lin Lim  19. Growing Up Theoretical: Across the Divide Jerry Aline Flieger.  Afterword Carolyn Heilbrun

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