DOING FEMINIST RESEARCH

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DOING FEMINIST RESEARCH: A LITERARY PERSPECTIVE:  DOING FEMINIST RESEARCH: A LITERARY PERSPECTIVE shakila abdul manan Preamble:  Preamble There is no such thing as an innocent reading of a text (see Charles Bressler, 1996). Our responses to texts have theoretical bases. Not all readers interpret texts in the same way. There is a plurality of critiques, interpretations and ways of reading. Our response to any text is largely a conditioned or socially constructed one. Preamble:  Preamble We develop a mindset or framework concerning the nature of reality to read texts. The reader is gendered…she has a sexual identity and socialization in which gender plays an important part (see Mary Eagleton, 1996). It is simplistic to say that men and women read with fixed group identities and that the way women read is utterly distinct from the way men read Preamble:  Preamble The reader plays a crucial and active role in the production of meaning: she is not merely a passive recipient of ideas and imaginative projections created by the author. Gender is important in both the construction of the reader and the process of reading. When texts use generics (“he”) in a gender-specific way, there is a clear signal to readers that the position which the text is offering them is male (see Sara Mills, 1992 Preamble:  Preamble Although writers use a number of textual strategies which lead readers to be positioned as male, not all women are inclined to read in the same way. Women are not a coherent group and are subject to other affiliations such as class and race. One major distinction within women readers which should be made are those who are male-affiliated (reading as a “male”) and those who are female-affiliated (resist reading as a “male”) (see Sandra Gilbert & Susan Gubar, 1988). What is FR (feminist reading/criticism):  What is FR (feminist reading/criticism) Entails the adoption of a female-affiliated position in reading texts. Examines the operation of patriarchy and binary oppositions in texts (women as irrational vs men as rational). Examines the construction of gender identity (unstable, fluid, in a state of flux, performative – see Judith Butler). What is FR (feminist reading/criticism):  What is FR (feminist reading/criticism) Examines the body politic (how women’s bodies become the site of material oppression and violation – see Lynn Pearce, 2004). Examines women’s feeling of fragmentation and obliteration in patriarchal culture. Explores women’s silences and inarticulateness in texts (see Gayathri Spivak, Homi Bhabha, Julia Kristeva, Luce Irigary, Lacan, Bakhtin, Foucault etc). What is FR (feminist reading/criticism):  What is FR (feminist reading/criticism) Rediscovers female authors and unearths women’s voices (by locating women’s personal writings, autobiography, letters, travel journals). Foregrounds women’s voices and experiences (female sexuality, female anguish, childbirth, mothering, rape – female themes and use of female tropes – see Elaine Showalter). What is FR (feminist reading/criticism):  What is FR (feminist reading/criticism) Demonstrates how women are not a homogenous group and that they are differentiated by culture, race, religion and class. Critiques the idea of sisterhood by celebrating the idea of “difference”, diversity and “otherness” (black African women writing). What is FR (feminist reading/criticism):  What is FR (feminist reading/criticism) Which subject position is offered to you by the following texts? (male-affiliated or female affiliated). Text A “Now that I’ve got you right where I want you, are you going to marry me? You’d better say yes, woman, because I warn you right now, nothing else is acceptable.” Her eyes dancing, she reached up to tangle her fingers in his hair. ‘Oh, it’s not, is it? Then I guess I’d better say yes’… She was still whispering yeses when his mouth covered hers…A soft, dreamy smile playing about her kiss-bruised mouth, she hugged him close and floated back to earth.” (The Love of Dugan Magee, 1994) What is FR (feminist reading/criticism):  What is FR (feminist reading/criticism) Text B “She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance. She wept at once, with sudden wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms. When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone. She would have no one follow her. There stood, facing an open window, a comfortable, roomy armchair. Into this she sank, pressed down by a physical exhaustion that haunted her body and seemed to reach into her soul. What is FR (feminist reading/criticism):  What is FR (feminist reading/criticism) She could see in the open square before her house the tops of the trees that were all acquiver with the new spring life. The delicious breath of rain was in the air. In the street below a peddler was crying his wares. The notes of a distant song which some one was singing reached her faintly, and countless sparrows were twittering in the eaves…………. She was young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression and even a certain strength. But now there was a dull stare in her eyes….When she abandoned herself a little whispered word escaped her slightly parted lip. She said it over and over under her breath: “free, free, free!” The vacant stare and the look of terror that had followed it went from her eyes. They stayed keen and bright…. “Free!, Body and soul free!” she kep whispering. (The Story of an Hour, 1894) Context and Rationale for FR:  Context and Rationale for FR Exclusion of writing by women from publication and academic study. Feminist movement put socio-historical circumstances as a determining factor in the production of literature. Kate Millet’s trailblazing Sexual Politics (1970) devotes long chapters on attitudes towards women in writings by prominent writers such as DH Lawrence and Henry Miller. Millet – distribution of power over the male and female partners mirrors that of society. Private and public are completely linked. Thus, the personal and political cannot be separated. Context and Rationale for FR:  Context and Rationale for FR Feminist research seeks to change the power relations between men and women that prevail under patriarchy. Feminist research encourages women to re-examine the established literary canon, validate what it means to be a woman, and involve themselves in literary theory and its multiple approaches to a text in order to legitimize their responses to texts written by both male and female. Feminist Methods of Enquiry:  Feminist Methods of Enquiry Second wave: de Beauvoir, Millet, Freidan, Greer Myth criticism Marxist/socialist-feminist criticism French feminist criticism Psychoanalytic criticism Poststructuralism/deconstruction/postmodernism Black feminism: the African diaspora Lesbian feminist criticism Third world feminist criticism Slide16:  THANK YOU

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