Animals in Literature Criticism: Animals In Women's Literature - Essay

Criticism: Animals In Women's Literature

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “The Power of Otherness: Animals in Women's Fiction,” in Animals and Women: Feminist Theoretical Explorations, edited by Carol J. Adams and Josephine Donovan, Duke University Press, 1995, pp. 231-62.

[In the following essay, Scholtmeijer provides a feminist reading of animals in literature written by women.]


In her introduction to Buffalo Gals and Other Animal Presences, Ursula Le Guin raises the issue of talking animals in literature and conceives of the alienation of the Other in the following superb analogy:

In literature as in “real life,” women,...

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