Womens Writing The Powe And Th


Women’s Writing: The Power and the Passion
"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got."
Janis Joplin
In the last thirty years we have seen a real emergence, divergence and development of feminist writing. Like any writing we care to label or group together there are elements that are worthy of further academic enquiry. In this essay I will be examining what constitutes the politics aspects of modern women’s writing - in other words what is political about women’s writing?
Women’s choice, equality and expression have been repressed through various positions of power and distribution of ideas, which have been dominated by men. Cultural institutions such ...

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due to publishing houses reluctance to take a commercial risk on a new style(s) of writing. Publishers have also had to consider the divergence between academic and literary writing and the fact that “Jill average” on the street may be more interested in popular fiction than groundbreaking women’s writing. According to Toril Moi, “ ‘Feminist criticism’, … is a specific kind of political discourse: a critical and theoretical practise committed to the struggle against patriarchy and sexism, not simply a concern for gender in literature…” (Moi, 1989, p117) and goes on to state, “As a political discourse feminist criticism takes its raison d’etre from outside of criticism itself. It is a truism, but it still needs to be said that not all books written by women on women writers exemplify anti-patriarchal commitment.” (Ibid, p120). As Moi goes on to point out, a good deal of women’s writing does not ...

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literal subjugation and oppression of women and a figurative but real subjugation and disparagement of the feminine in men.” (Ibid).
Cultural studies has though extended itself towards pulp fiction, soapies
Elaine Showalter concept of gynocritics “woman as writer – with woman as the producer of textual meanings, with the history, themes, genres, and structures of literature of women.”, highlights the process of reshaping literature - although for equality it sounds rather ‘mono’. There are two keys aspects to understand where women’s writing has come from; the first is that conquerors have always written history not the ...

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