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Feminist Literary Criticism

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Marie Breingan

on 9 October 2012

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Feminist Literary Criticism To analyze the ways in which different texts reinforce or undermine the oppression of women.
To assess the negative effects of patriarchy on women as well as men.
To analyze the presence of women in different texts, medias, and literary canons. Function Questions Asked: Patriarchy Patriarchy describes a general structure in which men have power over women. A patriarchal society consists of a male-dominated power structure throughout organized society and in individual relationships. How is the relationship between men and women portrayed?
What are the power relationships between men and women?
What constitutes masculinity and femininity?
Do characters take on traits from opposite genders? How so? How does this change others’ reactions to them?
What does the work reveal about the operations (economically, politically, socially, or psychologically) of patriarchy?
What does the history of the work's reception by the public and by the critics tell us about the operation of patriarchy? What is useful about this approach? This approach is useful because it combines many of the other literary criticisms.
Also, it is very relevant as we currently live in a patriarchal society and almost all of the texts we will be consuming take place in a patriarchal society. What is feminist
literary criticism? Examples Oedipus Female Characters in Peter Pan Wendy Tink Tiger Lilly Literature Harry Potter Hermione Granger Film The Dark Knight Rises Cat Woman What are the risks? Can this critique be misapplied? One of the biggest risks in any literary critique is focusing only on that specific lens. For instance, a feminist literary critique may be particularly relevant in Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye. However, if you applied it to Richard Wright's Native Son, you would be missing many key points in the book concerning race and socio-economic roles. You also run the risk of focusing too much on female characters. So, it is important that you look at both ends of the oppression spectrum. Oedipus: That is true; only- if only my mother were not still alive! But she is alive. I can not help my dread. (p.51) Going back to one of the functions of the feminist literary critique, I feel it is important to point out that there are only two female characters in Oedipus Rex: Iocaste and Merope. Of these two women, only one really has a powerful presence in terms of dialogue. Merope's role Not only does Oedipus wish her dead, but she also receives little credit for raising him. She took him in and raised him as her own son, yet she does not play a major role in this play. Television Spongebob Squarepants Pearl Mrs. Puff Sandy Cheeks Song Jessie J, Do It Like a Dude Advertising Breast Cancer Advertising Campaign Works Cited
1.Brizee, Allen, and J. Case Tompkins. "Feminist Criticism (1960s-present)." Purdue Online Writing Labn.pag. Purdue Online Writing Lab. Web. 6 Oct 2012. <http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/722/11/>.
2.Napikoski, Linda. "Patriarchal Society." n.pag. About. Web. 7 Oct 2012. <http://womenshistory.about.com/od/feminism/a/patriarchal.htm>.
3. The Oedipus Cycle. Harcourt, 1939. 51. Print.
4.Tyson, Lois. Critical Theory Today. 2006. Print. Advertising in Food Magazine Ads
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