Feminist Literary Criticism: From Anti-Patriarchy to Decadence (In DEFENSE OF Patriarchy) (Essay)
Modern Age 2007, Fall, 49, 4
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The "tiny, embattled band" that launched feminist criticism thirty years ago has produced, in the words of one of its historians, "a widespread and well-known field of study." In fact, according to one Modern Language Association survey, feminist criticism in recent times has had "more impact on the teaching of literature" than any other school. (1) It is claimed to be "already an indispensable part of the study of literature" in universities in Britain, Canada, and the United States. (2) In this essay I shall examine a handful of current works that illustrate the nature and goals of feminist criticism as an ideology. First, I will analyze what feminist critics are saying about patriarchy; second, what they propose as their criteria for selecting works to replace the great canon of Western literature; and third, how they now celebrate a decadence reminiscent of the Roman empire at the full measure of its decline.
- Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
- Published: 22 September 2007
- Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute Inc.
- Print Length: 17 Pages
- Language: English