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Copy of Feminist Literary Criticism

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Feminist Literary Criticism
Basic Information
This type of criticism focuses
on the role that women play
in literature, politics, and art.
This theory focuses on our
culture and how it's male dominated
Started so females
could achieve equality
Men are cast as rational, strong,
protective, and decisive. They
cast women as emotional, weak,
nurturing and submissive.
How to
A typical feminist critic would be
questioning the relationship between the
female/male roles. Questioning stereotypical depictions of women and men.
Feminists analyze the role WOMEN
Many feminists look at
creativity, stereotypes, ideology, racial issues, and marginality.

How is the relationship between men and women portrayed?

What are the power relationships between men and women?

How are male and female roles defined?

Do characters take on traits from opposite genders? How so? How does this change others’ reactions to them? (such as, a man crying, or a female involved in violence.)

What does the work say about women creativity?

What are the female points of view, concerns, and values presented in the text? And if absent, how so and why?
In Film
"Legally Blonde" (2001)
Dumb blonde?
Attends Harvard
The role Elle plays?
"Clueless" (1995)
Girl focused only on material things
Stereotypical female character
"Harry Potter" - Author J.K. Rowling
Shortened her first name (could be male)
Not just female readers
How is she powerful?
How is she compared to male writers?
Why are sports traditionally male-dominated?
More attention to NBA
"Harry Potter"
-Smart & strong female
-The go-to person
for knowledge
Mina Murray
Strong and smart
Works along side of Van Helsing
Oedipus Rex
Had no voice; death
Should be able to make own decisions
Women's Rights
“Women have been taught that, for us, the earth is flat, and that if we venture out, we will fall off the edge"
~Andrea Dworkin
White male authors describing
from a white male point of view was
considered the standard of universality (existing everywhere)

Works of white female authors (and non-white) do not describe experiences
from white male point of view, they were not considered universal.
From a Feminist Perspective
Turn to page 129 of your SpringBoard book and answer the questions about a Feminist Literary Perspective.

1.If a matriarchal society is the opposite of a patriarchal society, what is the basis of the difference?

2.What is the assumption of Feminist Criticism about patriarchal societies?

3.What point of view does Feminist Criticism take toward the treatment of female characters in many literary texts and movies?

4.How can a character both reflect and create stereotypes?

5.What assumption does Feminist Criticism make about texts authored by men versus those authored by women?
What are some
traditional stereotypes
about women?
What are traditional
stereotypes about men?
Remember The Bechdel Test?
How are women portrayed in
literature and film?
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