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CANONICITY AND CRITIQUE: A FEMINIST DEFENCE OF A POST-KANTIAN CRITIQUE

Pamela Sue Anderson

in Literature and Theology

Volume 13, issue 3, pages 201-210
Published in print September 1999 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online September 1999 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/13.3.201
CANONICITY AND CRITIQUE: A FEMINIST DEFENCE OF A POST-KANTIAN CRITIQUE

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I propose both a critique of canonicity and a feminist defence of the careful re-reading of certain canonical texts My proposal for a critique of the limits of our thinking about and with texts is informed by a re-reading of the canonical text of Kant Admittedly Kant himself might be excluded from any possible feminist canon whether in literary theory or theology However, my qualified defence of the Kantian text is part of a larger concern to rethink texts by men and women The aim is not to reaffirm a conservative culture, but to provide crucial tools for the judgements and practices of still highly significant forms of critical hermeneutics In particular, the process of suppression and repression of valuable texts by women and minorities cannot properly be reversed without taking seriously the particular skills of post-Kantian critique Critical and historical skills will help distinguish when to think merely about a text and when to think with it so that we might come up with a new picture of canon.

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