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Gendering the Modernist Text

Deborah Longworth

in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199545445
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545445.013.0010

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Gendering the Modernist Text

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This article examines gender differences and gender relationship in modernist text. It discusses Rebecca West's Indissoluble Matrimony, which proposed the theory of the weak man's need to denigrate woman by insisting on her inferiority to himself. The article outlines West's and Virginia Woolf's discussions of the sex war, which offer examples of modernist gender debate as it was being articulated in the 1910s and 1920s. It also comments on the relevant work of Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar.

Keywords: gender differences; gender relationship; modernist text; Rebecca West; Indissoluble Matrimony; Virginia Woolf; sex war; Sandra Gilbert; Susan Gubar

Article.  11228 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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