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gynocriticism


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A term introduced by American feminist literary critic Elaine Showalter to classify critical work such as her own which focuses exclusively on literature written by female authors. Its twofold aim is to recover ‘lost’ or ‘neglected’ women writers and to understand in its specificity women's construction of textual meaning. The term is not widely used today, but the two key examples of gynocriticism, namely Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar's The Madwoman in the Attic (1979) and Elaine Showalter's A Literature of their Own (1977), are still read today, so the practice of gynocriticism, if not the word, is very much alive.

Subjects: Literature.


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