Feminism Reflected in Literature Analysis

At Issue

(Society and Self, Critical Representations in Literature)

Since the rise of feminism, which began in the nineteenth century and surged again in the last decades of the twentieth, there has been an explosion of literature, in every genre, by women. Studies of women’s literature have shown that there are certain common themes that tend to play out in women’s writing.

Since the beginning of the women’s movement, there has been a strong rise in the amount of literature that is self-consciously feminist in tone, clearly espousing the ideals of female equality. Feminists have also studied other women’s writings, including those of an earlier time, probing them with renewed interest about what sets women’s writings apart and what commonalities they may have.