Encyclopedia of Feminist Literary Theory

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Elizabeth Kowaleski-Wallace
Taylor & Francis, Jun 30, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 472 pages
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From the cutting edge to the basics The latest advances as well as the essentials of feminist literary theory are at your fingertips as soon as you open this brand-new reference work. It features-in quick and convenient form-precise definitions of important terms and concise summaries of the salient ideas of critics working in the field who have made significant contributions to feminist literary studies, and points out how a feminist perspective has affected the development of emerging ideas and intellectual practices. Every effort has been made to include as many feminist thinkers as possible. Expanded coverage of key subjects Overview entries cover topics ranging from "creativity," "beauty," and "eroticism" to"pornography," "violence," and "war," with a thorough exploration of the major theoretical points of feminist literary approaches and concerns. In addition, entries organized around literary periods and fields, such as "medieval studies," Shakespeare" and "Romanticism" survey subjects in the framework of feminist literary theory and feminist concerns. Shows how feminist ideas have shaped literary theory The Encyclopedia gathers in one place all the key words, topics, proper names, and critical terminology of feminist literary theory. Emphasis throughout is on usage in the United States and Great Britain since the l970s. Each entry is accompanied by a bibliography that is a point of departure for further research. A key advantage of this Encyclopedia is that it amasses bibliographic references for so many important and often-cited works within a single volume. Instructors especially will find this informationinvaluable in the preparation of course material. Special FeaturesOffers precise contemporary definitions of all important critical terms * Summarizes the salient ideas of key literary critics * Overviews cover major theoretical issues * Entries on periods and fields survey feminist contributions * Emphasizes terminology that has evolved since the l970s * Indexes proper names, subjects, key words, and related topics

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Elizabeth Kowaleski-Wallace is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Women's Studies at Boston College. She is the author of Their Father' s Daughters: Hannah More, Maria Edgeworth and Patriarchal Complicity; Consuming Subjects: British Women and Consumer Culture 1720-l820; and is co-editor of Refiguring the Father: New Feminist Readings of Patriarchy.

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