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How do you think that gender plays a role in analyzing literature or even texts? What role does gender play in understanding literature and society?

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Let’s assume you are not speaking of the gender of the reader (a sociological question).  Deconstruction’s greatest contribution to literary analysis may be the attention it drew to unspoken assumptions of the writer by revealing predilection and assumptions the writer makes without even consciously realizing it.  Example abound in pronoun choices (assuming a doctor is a “he,” etc.), but more subtle is the assumptions of social roles (the housing chores and menial farm chores, etc.) and the assumptions of power brought on by wealth and title.  When the writer constructs the mise-en-scene of his/her...

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