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Gender Criticism

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Drew Fasbender

on 19 February 2012

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Transcript of Gender Criticism

Gender Criticism Gender criticism examines how sexual identity influences the creation and reception of literary works. The purpose of gender criticism is to criticize gender as we commonly conceive of it.

Gender criticism is not woman centered but sees male and female sexes in terms of a complicated continuum.

Feminist and gender criticism are very similar Gender criticism originally began with the feminist movement The bulk of gender criticism, however, is feminist Believe that the patriarchal attitudes that have dominated western thought have resulted, consciously or unconsciously, in literature “full of unexamined ‘male-produced’ assumptions.” Feminist criticism attempts to correct this imbalance by analyzing and combating such attitudes by questioning things like... Why none of the characters in Shakespeare’s play Othello ever challenge the right of a husband to murder a wife accused of adultery. Other goals of feminist critics include... “analyzing how sexual identity influences the reader of a text” “examining how the images of men and women in imaginative literature reflect or reject the social forces that have historically kept the sexes from achieving total equality.” Influenced by such works as... The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir (1949) Sexual Politics by Kate Millet (1970) Today, gender criticism has been expanded beyond its original feminist perspective... In response to feminism, A men's movement has emerged seeking to rediscover masculine identity in an authentic, contemporary way. They do this by interpereting poetry and fables as myths of psychic growth and sexual identity. THE END
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