Write short note on Gynocriticism. ---------------

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Gynocriticism, in short, is a type of criticism that takes the female perspective. It is an expression of ideas and concerns that are uniquely those of a woman. The term was invented by Elaine Showalter, who described gynocriticism as a form of literary opinion from a “gynocentric perspective.” In other words, this type of criticism consciously places women at the center of the opinion that is put forward.


It is important to make a distinction between gynocriticism with feminist critique. Although feminist critique analyzes literature from a woman’s perspective, it still functions within a more balanced male-female perspective, where the female perspective is used as a form of protest against the male-dominated norm.


Gynocriticism, on the other hand, concerns itself with the female perspective without any concern for concerns or viewpoints beyond its own paradigms.