By Elizabeth Kowaleski Wallace
From the innovative to the basicsThe newest advances in addition to the necessities of feminist literary concept are at your fingertips once you open this brand-new reference paintings. It features-in fast and handy form-precise definitions of significant phrases and concise summaries of the salient rules of critics operating within the box who've made major contributions to feminist literary reviews, and issues out how a feminist point of view has affected the advance of rising rules and highbrow practices. each attempt has been made to incorporate as many feminist thinkers as attainable. accelerated assurance of key subjectsOverview entries hide themes starting from "creativity," "beauty," and "eroticism" to"pornography," "violence," and "war," with an intensive exploration of the foremost theoretical issues of feminist literary methods and matters. additionally, entries prepared round literary classes and fields, equivalent to "medieval studies," Shakespeare" and "Romanticism" survey topics within the framework of feminist literary idea and feminist issues. indicates how feminist rules have formed literary theoryThe "Encyclopedia "gathers in a single position the entire keyword phrases, issues, right names, and important terminology of feminist literary conception. Emphasis all through is on utilization within the usa and nice Britain because the l970s. every one access is observed by way of a bibliography that could be a element of departure for extra study. A key benefit of this "Encyclopedia" is that it amasses bibliographic references for therefore many very important and often-cited works inside a unmarried quantity. teachers specifically will locate this data precious within the practise in fact fabric. unique FeaturesOffers particular modern definitions of all very important severe phrases * Summarizes the salient rules of key literary critics * Overviews disguise significant theoretical matters * Entries on classes and fields survey feminist contributions * Emphasizes terminology that has advanced because the l970s * Indexes right names, matters, key phrases, and comparable subject matters
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Culture and Society, 1780–1950. . London: Penguin, 1961. Encyclopedia of Feminist Literary Theory 21 Androgyny The term “androgyne,” combining the Greek words for man and woman, describes a human who possesses the characteristics of both sexes, a figure that appears widely in ancient mythology and religion. Virginia Woolf introduced the concept of androgyny into feminist discourse in the last chapter of A Room of One’s Own. ” Woolf develops Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s idea that a great mind is androgynous, explaining that the two sexes within each mind must fuse and cooperate to foster wholeness and creativity.
Instead, the category of “woman” is seen as being constructed in many ways in cultural and historical practices that produce sexual difference. Importantly, Adams therefore goes further than ideas of the social construction of gender: in her work the very subject itself is constructed too, and there is no essential woman or man who is genderless until acted upon by historical or social forces. Psychoanalysis is also used by Adams to argue that gender is a powerful psychic reality in the Freudian unconscious, and that this interacts in complex ways with constructions of “woman” on many levels.
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Encyclopedia of feminist literary theory by Elizabeth Kowaleski Wallace