Literary Theory and the Politics of Feminist Writing

Discover feminist texts on literary theory written between 1965-1995.

Lesbian Images: Gertrude Stein, Colette, Willa Cather, Elizabeth Bowen, and others

Lesbian Images Jane Rule Doubleday & Company 1975 Believing that love is best described in a work of art, Jane Rule has chosen for this study of lesbianism the work of brilliantly articulate lesbian writers such as Gertrude Stein, Colette, Vita Sachville West and Willa Cather. Her concern is to discover what images of lesbians…

Women’s Liberation and Literature

Women’s Liberation and Literature Elaine Showalter Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1971 Women’s Liberation and Literature provides students an opportunity to consider for themselves the essential issues raised by past and present movements to liberate women and encourages them to contemplate whether or not there is a feminine consciousness in literature. The subject of women figures significantly…

Gertrude Stein and the Present

Gertrude Stein and the Present Allegra Stewart Hardvard University Press 1967 Neither a biography nor a psychological study of Gertrude Stein, this book attempts to trace the development and expression of her thought. Through a close reading and analysis of Stein’s works, Allegra Stewart discovers a harmony among them that argues a profound personal experience. She sees…

Sexual Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory

Sexual Textual Politics: FeministLiterary Theory Toril Moi Routledge Londonand New York 1985 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…

Beyond Feminist Aesthetics: Feminist Literature and Social Change

Beyond Feminist Aesthetics: FeministLiterature and Social Change Rita Felski Hardvard University Press 1989 This book has a dual focus. First, Rita Felski gives a critical account of current American and European feminist literary theory, and second, she offers an analysis of contemporary fiction by women in order to show that this literature raises questions for…

The Safe Sea of Women: Lesbian Fiction 1969-1989

The Safe Sea of Women:Lesbian Fiction 1969-1989 Bonnie Zimmerman Beacon Press 1990 From the Preface: The Safe Sea of Women is an overview of the lesbian fiction published primarily by alternative feminist presses in the 1970s and 1980s. I attempt to read this fiction as the collective voice of what we loosely call “the lesbian…

Sexual Practice, Textual Theory: Lesbian Cultural Criticism

Sexual Practice, TextualTheory: Lesbian CulturalCriticism Susan J. Wolfe,Julia Penelope (eds) Blackwell 1993 This powerful and empowering anthology marks the coming of age of lesbian criticism and theory – the energizing spirit behind much of the most exciting feminist writing today, and a vital force within cultural and textual studies more generally. Gathering together lesbian writers…

Feminist Novelists of the Belle Epoque: Love as a Lifestyle

Feminist Novelists of theBelle Epoque: Love as aLifestyle Jennifer Waelti-Walters Indiana University Press 1990 Feminist Novelists of the Belle Epoque presents a generation of women writers critical of love and marriage – the central tenets of their culture and society. Jennifer Waelti-Walters has recovered a group of women novelists who challenged the accepted nineteenth-century views…

Making a Difference: Feminist Literary Criticism

Making a Difference: FeministLiterary Criticism Gayle Greene,Coppélia Kahn (eds) Routledge London& New York 1985 Feminist scholarship employs gender as a fundamental organizing category of human experience, holding two related premises: men and women have different perceptions or experiences in the same contexts, the male perspective having been dominant in fields of knowledge; and that gender…

Feminist Literary Criticism: Explorations in Theory

Feminist Literary Criticism:Explorations in Theory Josephine Donovan (ed) The University Pressof Kentucky 1975 This collection of five incisive essays by noted feminist writers provides an overview of the existing body of feminist literary criticism, promotes an understanding of the issues feminist critics are currently discussing among themselves and with other critics, and proposes a theoretical…

Feminist Issues in Literary Scholarship

Feminist Issues inLiterary Scholarship Shari Benstock (ed) Indiana University Press 1987 Feminist Issues in Literary Scholarship explores the aesthetic and political issues inherent in feminist critical theory and practice, taking as its subject a variety of literary texts written by women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This collection of essays reflects the diversity of…

For the Record: The Making and Meaning of Feminist Knowledge

For the Record: The makingand meaning of feministknowledge Dale Spender The Women’s Press 1985 For the Record is Dale Spender’s own account of the work of feminist writers and theorists of the last twenty years. Her account begins with the publication of Betty Friedan’s pioneering work, The Feminine Mystique, which blew apart the myth of…

Sexual Politics

Sexual Politics Kate Millett Doubleday 1970 Praised and denounced when it was first published in 1970, Sexual Politics not only explored history but also became part of it. Kate Millett’s groundbreaking book fuelled feminism’s second wave, giving voice to the anger of a generation while documenting the inequities – neatly packaged in revered works of…

How to Suppress Women’s Writing

How to Suppress Women’s Writing Joanna Russ University ofTexas Press 1983 From Wikipedia: Written in the style of a sarcastic and irreverent guidebook, it explains how women are prevented from producing written works, not given credit when such works are produced, or dismissed or belittled for those contributions they are acknowledged to have made. Although…

Motherlands: Black Women’s Writing from Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia

Motherlands: Black Women’s Writingfrom Africa, the Caribbeanand South Asia Shusheila Nasta The Women’s Press 1991 This collection of essays demonstrates the links in women’s creative works from different global areas, specifically as demonstrated in their attempts to discover new forms and languages to express women’s experiences in patriarchal societies and to subvert continuing traditional, colonial,…

Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist

Reconstructing Womanhood: TheEmergence of the Afro-AmericanWoman Novelist Hazel V. Carby Oxford University Press 1987 A cultural history of the work of nineteenth-century black women writers, this volume traces the emergence of the novel as a forum for political and cultural reconstruction, examining the ways in which dominant sexual ideologies influenced the literary conventions of women’s…

The Handbook of Non-Sexist Writing for Writers, Editors and Speakers

The Handbook of Non-SexistWriting for Writers, Editorsand Speakers Casey Miller,Kate Swift The Women’s Press 1981 This book shows us how to avoid sexist language and how to find clear and elegant ways of saying what we actually mean. The first edition was quickly established as the standard book on non-sexist writing, recommended by The Chicago…

Rolling Our Own: Women as Printers, Publishers and Distributors

Rolling Our Own: Women as Printers,Publishers and Distributors Eileen Cadman, Gail Chester, Agnes Pivot Minority Press Group 1981 Interview with a number of women form the basis of this book, which provides an insight into a wide range of feminist publishing activities – from producing a local women’s liberation newsletter to working in a large…

Technology and Women’s Voices: Keeping in Touch

Technology and Women’s Voices:Keeping in Touch Cheris Kramarae (ed) Routledge & KeganPaul 1988 I feel like asking my boss, “What do you think I am – an extension of the machine?” Clerical worker quoted in Race Against Time When we put women at the centre of discussion of technological processes, male biases and ideologies become…

Speaking Freely: Unlearning the Lies of The Father’s Tongues

Speaking Freely: Unlearningthe Lies of the Fathers’Tongues Julia Penelope Teachers College Press 1990 From the Introduction: English does more than hinder and hurt women: it proscribes the boundaries of the lives we might imagine and will ourselves to live. The many ways the language obstructs our ability to conceive of ourselves as agents in the…