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Feminist Perspective of Literary Criticism
Transcript of Feminist Perspective of Literary Criticism
Feminist critics seek to redress the imbalance of literary study in which all important books are written by men or the only characters of real interest are male protagonists.
Feminist critics have begun to study relatively unknown women writers, to look at the way the female mind has been portrayed in literature written by both men and women, and to change the nature of the questions asked about literature that reflect predominantly male experience. According to M.H. Abrams, there are four central tenets of feminist criticism:
1. Western civilization is male-centered and controlled in such a way that subordinates women in familial, religious, political, economic, social, legal, and artistic domains.
2. The prevailing concepts of gender are largely cultural constructs that were generated by biases of our civilization.
3. All "great" literature has been pervaded by masculinist ideology and has been, until recently, written mostly by men for men.
4. The traditional criteria for analyzing literature are infused with masculine assumptions, interests, and ways of reasoning.
Four Central Tenets Feminist Perspective What is it? "For most critics of Shakespeare, Ophelia has been an insignificant minor character in the play, touching in her weakness and madness but chiefly interesting, of course, in what she tells us about Hamlet." “We can imagine Hamlet's story without Ophelia, but Ophelia literally has no story without Hamlet.” THE END O