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    fact originally led feminist critics to disregard the classical period. In an article titled “Classical Drag: The Greek Creation of Female Parts,” Sue Ellen Case states that because “traditional scholarship has focused on evidence related to written texts, the absence of women playwrights became central to early feminist investigations” (132). Despite this absence of female writers, feminist critics analyze the role of women in ancient Greece in other ways. Recently, feminist writers have been able

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    Feminist criticism was presented all throughout the past by men, until the time of 1920’s. Women have been denied from social power and did not have a voice. Their jobs were to clean, take care of their husbands, and children. According to Donald Hall in his book, Literary and Cultural Theory, he states, “Language, institutions, and social power structures have reflected patriarchal interests throughout much of history; this has a profound impact on women’s ability to express themselves and the quality

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    The Effects of Femininity

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    In order to understand the effects that ideas of femininity have on literary texts, we must first acknowledge what the term means. Clearly both terms derive from the original sex of the being, whether male or female, and can be similarly tied in with notions of gender, either masculine or feminine, which are said to be constructs, or labels, created by society. However `masculinity' and `femininity' become, on some levels, dislodged from the idea of the biological makeup and gender constructs,

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    a modern female reader will in some way feel challenged by the themes Ovid presents to her – scenes of rape, male dominance and frequent victimisation of female characters. In support of this thesis, I have been analysing feminist theories and the genre of gender in a literary context in order to support my investigations into what it is that makes Ovid particularly distressing to read for a female reader. I will be discussing themes such as how a female reads and approaches male biased texts such

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    Although Gilman herself doesn’t class herself as a feminist, there are clear representations of the feminist ideology throughout The Yellow Wallpaper. Gilman may have denied this relation due to similar reasons as the Bronte sisters when they used male pseudonyms to publish their work - as the feminist movement didn’t gain momentum until the 1960’s whilst the Yellow Wallpaper was published in 1891. The main feminist theories in The Yellow Wallpaper this essay focuses on are; male characters relations

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    Escape from Oppression

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    a temporary release from her entrapment. In "Trifles", Minnie Wright allows herself to be subjugated for thirty years before she frees her whole self, through drastic means that leads to a more permanent solution, murdering her husband. From a feminist perspective, these two works give very different examples of how a woman is the cast as the "nonsignificant other" (Bressler 144), but discovers a way out of her continual oppression by rejecting their insignificance. Rich begins her poem by describing

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    society. While pointing out similarities may give a sense of solidarity, it is important to note that, the battle for women’s liberation changes forms in different contexts: “whereas Western feminists discuss the relative importance of feminist versus class emancipation, the African discussion is between feminist emancipation versus the fight against neo-colonialism, particularly in its cultural aspect” (Peterson 251-2). Ngugi’s said that an “ideological starting point” for dealing with post-colonial

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    No Name Woman

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    aunt No Name Woman gives her the chance to honor her memory. This story was written to vindicate her aunt from the condemnation and criticism of her family. Since it is written in in a cultural context she gives way for the readers to have sympathy for her aunt, and understand the trial that she as a woman had to undergo. Feminist criticism is a form of literary criticism, which studies and advocates for the needed rights of women. It is specifically concerned with"...the ways in which literature (and

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    Thus, reading causes the literary work to unfold its inherently dynamic character” (Iser 1972, 280). Iser makes the point that a literary text must be developed in such a way that it will engage the reader’s imagination so he or she can become more knowledgeable about the text. Again, reading is only a pleasure when it is active and

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    Feminist Approaches to Women's Writing Each cohort have to make an apology to the potential, and the superior the revolutionize that was brought about, the profounder the request for forgiveness desires to be. The brighter the thought the "inferior the penalty". (Bauer, 1988) Let feminists express regret for the demise of love, lost children, and the diminishing of man. But what was a girl to do? Someone has to modification the world. You can't see what you see and do nothing. What was

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