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Write a short note on Gynocriticism.
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Gynocriticism is a branch of feminist literary theory. The particular term was created by Elaine Showalter in an essay titled "Toward a Feminist Poetics" published in The New Feminist Criticism: Essays on Women, Literature and Theory. (Random House, 1988) to describe a subgenre or period within the history of feminist criticism. It is closely allied with French theoretical as opposed to liberal Anglo-Saxon feminism. Rather than being concerned simply with recovery of female texts or remediation of social injustice, it argues for a form of difference ideology grounded in uniquely feminine ways of reading and creating language, which engage female literary works in a manner inaccessible to traditional male types of criticism.
When you write your assigned note on `gynocriticism`, your teacher probably wishes to see you focus on the contrast between this and the liberal feminism which came earlier and more recent gender theory.
Posted by thanatassa on January 12, 2012 at 1:32 PM (Answer #1)
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