Revising the Literary Canon Criticism: Gender And The Literary Canon - Essay

James A. Winders (essay date 1991)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “Introduction: Gender, Theory, and the Crisis of the Canon,” in Gender, Theory, and the Canon, The University of Wisconsin Press, 1991, pp. 3-23.

[In the following excerpt, Winders discusses the influence of gender and theory on canon formation, suggesting that canonical works should be read by the postmodern critic in terms of history, culture, and gender.]

Être à la fois un universitaire et un intellectuel c'est essayer de faire jouer un type de savoir et d'analyse qui est enseigné et reçu dans l'université de façon à modifier non seulement la pensée des autres mais aussi la sienne propre. Ce travail de modification de sa propre...

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Maryellen Bieder (essay date 1992)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: “Woman and the Twentieth-Century Spanish Literary Canon: The Lady Vanishes,” in Anales de la Literatura Espanola Conteporanea, Vol. 17, No. 3, 1992, pp. 301-24.

[In the following essay, Bieder examines some reasons for the shrinking role of women, as both authors and protagonists, in the twentieth-century Spanish literary canon.]

To observe that female protagonists and women authors are strikingly absent from the canon of Spanish fiction in the first third of the twentieth century is to state the obvious. Nevertheless, the shift away from the nineteenth-century feminocentric novel and the concurrent disappearance of women authors have received surprisingly...

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