By Professor Gill Plain, Susan Sellers

ISBN-10: 0511342373

ISBN-13: 9780511342370

ISBN-10: 0521852552

ISBN-13: 9780521852555

Feminism has reworked the tutorial research of literature, essentially changing the canon of what's taught and surroundings new agendas for literary research. during this authoritative background of feminist literary feedback, top students chart the improvement of the perform from the center a long time to the current. the 1st element of the ebook explores protofeminist concept from the center a long time onwards, and analyses the paintings of pioneers resembling Wollstonecraft and Woolf. the second one part examines the increase of moment wave feminism and maps its interventions around the 20th century. a last part examines the impression of postmodernism on feminist inspiration and perform. This e-book bargains a complete consultant to the heritage and improvement of feminist literary feedback and a full of life reassessment of the most matters and authors within the box. it really is crucial studying for all scholars and students of feminist writing and literary feedback.

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2004), Premodern Places: Calais to Surinam, Chaucer to Aphra Behn, Malden, MA: Blackwell. Watson, Nicholas (2003), ‘Julian of Norwich’, in Dinshaw and Wallace (2003). Wogan-Browne, Jocelyn, Nicholas Watson, Andrew Taylor and Ruth Evans (eds) (1999), The Idea of the Vernacular: An Anthology of Middle English Literary Theory, 1280–1520, University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press. Woolf, Virginia (1925), ‘The Pastons and Chaucer’, in The Common Reader, New York: Harcourt Brace. CHAPTER 2 Feminist criticism in the Renaissance and seventeenth century Helen Wilcox EARLY MODERN WOMEN: COURAGEOUS OR SILENT?

The situation of the female poet, speaker and lover is not a joyous one – her sonnets talk of ‘grief ’ and she vividly reconstructs the ‘labyrinth’ Feminism in the Renaissance and seventeenth century 35 of the lover’s experience (Wroth, 1983: 123, 127) – but the project has the hallmarks of a feminist rethinking and rewriting, configuring anew the fundamental literary assumptions of the sonnet-writing era. Katherine Philips, too, intervened notably in the history of love poetry by reworking the conventions of the romantic lyric.

Vives, 1529/1912: 55) The ‘sad sentences’ copied out in their lessons led many female pupils to try something more ambitious – experimenting with writing of their own – and in due course they began to make observations on the phenomenon of the woman writer to whose formation they were actively contributing. For instance, by claiming the title ‘author’ in their prefatory poems, writers such as Isabella Whitney (1573), An Collins (1653) and Anne Bradstreet (c. 1666; see Bradstreet, 1981: 178) were offering a protofeminist challenge to the traditional idea of the ‘author’ as male, modelled on a masculine God, ‘that Author from whom you receive all’ (Sowernam, 1617/1985: 220).

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