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Routledge Library Editions: Women, Feminism and Literature


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Reissuing seminal works originally published between 1979 and 1994, Routledge Library Editions: Women, Feminism and Literature offers a selection of scholarship from a time of great change in feminist studies and literary studies. Topics cover all aspects of women's literature, gender and feminism through literary criticism and the work of women literary theorists.

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(Un)like Subjects Women, Theory, Fiction

(Un)like Subjects Women, Theory, Fiction

1st Edition

Gerardine Meaney
March 21, 2014

What is the relationship between feminist critical theory and literature? This book deals with the relationship between women and writing, mothers and daughters, the maternal and history. It addresses the questions about language, writing and the relations between women which have preoccupied the ...

Abjection, Melancholia and Love The Work of Julia Kristeva

Abjection, Melancholia and Love The Work of Julia Kristeva

1st Edition

John Fletcher, Andrew Benjamin
March 21, 2014

This volume begins with a new essay by Julia Kristeva, ‘The Adolescent Novel’, in which she examines the relation between novelistic writing and the experience of adolescence as an ‘open structure’. It is this blend of the literary with the psychoanalytic that places Kristeva’s work central to ...

American Women's Fiction, 1790-1870 A Reference Guide

American Women's Fiction, 1790-1870 A Reference Guide

1st Edition

Barbara A. White
March 21, 2014

An annotated bibliography on women who wrote fiction in the US during the period 1790-1870. The first part is an annotated list of sources that discuss women's fiction in the period and women authors born before 1840 who published before 1870. The second part is an alphabetical list of the ...

Around 1981 Academic Feminist Literary Theory

Around 1981 Academic Feminist Literary Theory

1st Edition

Jane Gallop
March 21, 2014

Jane Gallop’s book offers a clear-eyed and comprehensive history of feminist literary criticism. Why, she asks, have we so quickly buried 1970s feminist criticism? What lies buried there? Why do 1990s academic feminists accuse other academic feminists of being ‘academic’? Gallop takes the ...

Changing Subjects The Making of Feminist Literary Criticism

Changing Subjects The Making of Feminist Literary Criticism

1st Edition

Gayle Greene, Coppélia Kahn
March 21, 2014

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 ...

Edging Women Out Victorian Novelists, Publishers and Social Change

Edging Women Out Victorian Novelists, Publishers and Social Change

1st Edition

Gaye Tuchman
March 21, 2014

Before about 1840, there was little prestige attached to the writing of novels, and most English novelists were women. By the turn of the twentieth century, "men of letters" acclaimed novels as a form of great literature, and most critically successful novelists were men. In the book, sociologist ...

Engendering Men The Question of Male Feminist Criticism

Engendering Men The Question of Male Feminist Criticism

1st Edition

Joseph A. Boone, Michael Cadden
March 21, 2014

Over the past several years, the question of men’s relation to feminism has become a fiercely and sometimes bitterly debated subject. Engendering Men demonstrates the creative impact that feminist modes of inquiry have already had on a new generation of male critics. In the wake of feminism, many ...

Feminine Fictions Revisiting the Postmodern

Feminine Fictions Revisiting the Postmodern

1st Edition

Patricia Waugh
March 21, 2014

‘Postmodernism’ and ‘feminism’ have become familiar terms since the 1960s, developing alongside one another and clearly sharing many strong points of contact. Why then have the critical debates arising out of these movements had so little to say about each other? Patricia Waugh addresses the ...

Gender, Genre & Narrative Pleasure

Gender, Genre & Narrative Pleasure

1st Edition

Derek Longhurst
March 21, 2014

Recent years have witnessed important new initiatives in the study of popular fictional modes of writing. At one time the field could have been described with reasonable accuracy by two traditions: one that analyzed the production and distribution of popular fiction as commodities; and one whose ...

New Feminist Discourses Critical Essays on Theories and Texts

New Feminist Discourses Critical Essays on Theories and Texts

1st Edition

Isobel Armstrong
March 21, 2014

This collection of new feminist essays represents the work of young critics researching and teaching in British Universities. Aiming to set the agenda for feminist criticism in the nineties, the essays debate themes crucial to the development of feminist thought: among them, the problems of ...

Rereading Modernism New Directions in Feminist Criticism

Rereading Modernism New Directions in Feminist Criticism

1st Edition

Lisa Rado
March 21, 2014

Until about 1986, feminists generally considered modernism a reactionary, misogynist, and hegemonic mire not worth investigating. Since then enough studies of modernism have appeared that 17 feminist critics can now review and debate their treatment of the period. They evaluate the progress and ...

Rewriting the Victorians Theory, History, and the Politics of Gender

Rewriting the Victorians Theory, History, and the Politics of Gender

1st Edition

Linda M. Shires
March 21, 2014

This collection of essays, both feminist and historical, analyzes power relations between men and women in the Victorian period. This volume is the first to reshape Victorian studies from the perspective of the postmodern return to history, and is variously influenced by Marxism, sociology, ...

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