Contemporary Feminist Criticism Criticism: Overviews And General Studies - Essay

Robyn Wiegman (essay date winter 1999)

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Wiegman, Robyn. “Critical Response I: What Ails Feminist Criticism? A Second Opinion.” Critical Inquiry 25, no. 2 (winter 1999): 362-79.

[In the following essay, Wiegman uses Susan Gubar's article “What Ails Feminist Criticism?” as a point of departure for discussing some of the challenges facing contemporary feminist rhetoric.]

In “Murder without a Text,” Amanda Cross (better known to academics as Carolyn Heilbrun) offers a tale of feminist generational fury and murder that might be of interest to readers of Susan Gubar's “What Ails [formerly “Who Killed”] Feminist Criticism?” (Critical Inquiry 24 [Summer 1998]: 878-902). Cross's...

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Lisa Maria Hogeland (essay date spring 2001)

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Hogeland, Lisa Maria. “Against Generational Thinking, or, Some Things That ‘Third Wave’ Feminism Isn't.” Women's Studies in Communication 24, no. 1 (spring 2001): 107-21.

[In the following essay, Hogeland identifies three distinct phases of feminist writing from the 1960s to the present, noting that the different generations of feminists suffer more from an evasion of dialogue than overt disagreement.]

In the 1980s and 1990s, feminists began to worry about “the next generation” of feminism. In 1983, Ms. Magazine published a “Special Issue on Young Feminists,” and the first of the several books and anthologies asserting a “third wave”...

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Elizabeth Grosz (essay date spring 2002)

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Grosz, Elizabeth. “Feminist Futures?” Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 21, no. 1 (spring 2002): 13-20.

[In the following essay, Grosz explores two strands of futurist feminist criticism as expressed through the works of Luce Irigaray and Gilles Deleuze.]

A revolution in thought and ethics is needed if the work of sexual difference is to take place. We need to reinterpret everything concerning the relations between the subject and discourse, the subject and the world, the subject and the cosmic, the microcosmic and the macrocosmic. …

In order to make it possible to think through,...

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Misha Kavka (essay date spring 2002)

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Kavka, Misha. “Feminism, Ethics, and History; or, What Is the ‘Post’ in Postfeminism?” Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 21, no. 1 (spring 2002): 29-44.

[In the following essay, Kavka discusses the term “post-feminism,” linking the study of feminism with ethical history studies in such works as Toril Moi's Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory and Christina Hoff Sommers's Who Stole Feminism? How Women Have Betrayed Women.]

Let us assume for the moment that there is such a thing as feminist history, that is, a history of feminism. This may seem, admittedly, like going backward. In her landmark article “Women's Time,” Julia...

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Elizabeth A. Flynn (essay date 2002)

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Flynn, Elizabeth A. “Toward Postmodern-Feminist Rhetoric and Composition.” In Feminism beyond Modernism, pp. 116-34. Carbondale and Edwardsville, Ill.: Southern Illinois University Press, 2002.

[In the following essay, Flynn focuses on various obstacles to the growth of a postmodern feminist viewpoint within the areas of composition and rhetoric.]

[W]e should investigate ways of giving an identity to the sciences, to religions, and to political policies and of situating ourselves in relation to them as subjects in our own right.

—Luce Irigaray, Je, Tu, Nous: Toward a Culture of Difference...

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Ellen Messer-Davidow (essay date 2002)

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Messer-Davidow, Ellen. “Disciplining Women.” In Disciplining Feminism: From Social Activism to Academic Discourse, pp. 19-48. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2002.

[In the following essay, Messer-Davidow examines the experiences of women within particular academic fields—utilizing essays from Evelyn Fox Keller, Elaine Showalter, Lillian S. Robinson, and Lise Vogel—and asserts that disciplinary discourse itself negates the feminist point of view.]

Disciplines are institutionalized formations for organizing schemes of perception, appreciation, and action, and for inculcating them as tools of cognition and communication.


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