Feminist Theory Across Disciplines

Feminist Community and American Women's Poetry

By Shira Wolosky

© 2013 – Routledge

236 pages

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About the Book

Defying traditional definitions of public and private as gendered terms, and broadening discussion of women’s writing in relation to feminist work done in other fields, this study addresses American women’s poetry from the seventeenth to late-twentieth century. Engaging the fields of literary criticism, anthropology, psychology, history, political theory, religious culture, cultural studies, and poetics, this study provides entry into some of the founding feminist discussions across disciplines, moving beyond current scholarship to pursue an interpretation of feminism’s defining interests and assumptions in the context of women’s writing. The author emphasizes and explores how women’s writing expresses their active participation in community and civic life, emerging from and shaping a woman’s selfhood as constituted through relationships, not only on the personal level, but as forming community commitments. This distinctive formation of the self finds expression in women’s voices and other poetic forms of expression, with the aesthetic power of poetry itself bringing different arenas of human experience to bear on each other in mutual interrogation and reflection. Women poets have addressed the public world, directly or through a variety of poetic structures and figures, and in doing so they have defined and expressed specific forms of selfhood engaged in and committed to communal life.

Table of Contents

Preface: Public and Private in Feminist Theory and Poetics 1. Modest Muses: Feminist Literary History 2. Muted Groups, Veiled Discourses: Feminist Anthropology 3. Recovering Women's Voices: Feminist Psychology 4. Separate Spheres: Feminist History 5. Public Women, Private Men: Feminist Political Theory 6. Civic Feminism and Religious Association 7. The Subject of the Body: Foucault and Culture Studies 8. Feminist Poetics and Aesthetic Theory

About the Author

Shira Wolosky received her Ph.D. from Princeton University, and was Associate Professor of English at Yale University before moving to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she is Professor of English and American Studies. Her awards include a Fulbright Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fellowship at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies, a Drue Heinz Visiting Professorship at Oxford University.

About the Series

Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to literary studies, it engages with topics such as philosophy, science, race, gender, film, music, and ecology. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT003000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Feminist
LIT004020
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
SOC010000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory