Literature Theory

Sexual Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory

Sexual Textual Politics: Feminist
Literary Theory
Toril MoiRoutledge London
and New York

What are the political implications of a feminist, critical practice? How do the problems of the literary text relate to the priorities and perspectives of feminist politics as a whole? Sexual/Textual Politics addresses these fundamental questions and examines the strengths and limitations of the two main strands in feminist criticism, the Anglo-American and the French, paying particular attention to the works of Cixous, Irigaray and Kristeva. Written for readers with little knowledge of the subject, Sexual/Textual Politics nevertheless makes its own particular intervention into current debates, arguing provocatively for a commitedly political and theoretical criticism as against merely textual or apolitical approaches.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? Feminist readings of Woolf

Part One: Anglo-American Feminist Criticism
1. Two feminist classics: Kate Millett, Mary Ellmann
2. ‘Images of Women’ criticism
3. Women writing and writing about women
4. Theoretical reflections

Part Two: French Feminist Theory
5. From Simone de Beauvoir to Jacques Lacan
6. Hélène Cixous: an imaginary utopia
7. Patriarchal reflections: Luce Irigaray’s looking-glass
8. Marginality and subversion: Julia Kristeva