The Classical Feminist Tradition 
The Classical Feminist Tradition
by Yale / Paul H. Fry
Video Lecture 20 of 26
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Date Added: October 26, 2009

Lecture Description


Overview:



In this lecture on feminist criticism, Professor Paul Fry uses Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own as a lens to and commentary on the flourishing of feminist criticism in the twentieth century. The structure and rhetoric of A Room of One's Own is extensively analyzed, as are its core considerations of female novelists such as Austen, Eliot, and the Brontës. The works of major feminist critics, such as Ann Douglas, Mary Ellman, Kate Millett, Elaine Showalter, Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, are mentioned. The logocentric approach to gender theory, specifically the task of defining female language as something different and separate from male language, is considered alongside Woolf's own endorsement of literary and intellectual androgyny.



Reading assignment:



Woolf, Virginia. "Austen-Brontë-Eliot" and "The Androgynous Vision." In The Critical Tradition, pp. 602-10



Kolodny, Annette. "Dancing through the Minefield." In The Critical Tradition, pp. 1550-62

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Course Description


In this course, Prof. Paul H. Fry gives 26 video lectures on Theory of Literature. This is a survey of the main trends in twentieth-century literary theory. Lectures will provide background for the readings and explicate them where appropriate, while attempting to develop a coherent overall context that incorporates philosophical and social perspectives on the recurrent questions: what is literature, how is it produced, how can it be understood, and what is its purpose?

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