“This Living Hand”: Thirteenth-Century Female Literacy, Materialist Immanence, and the Reader of the Ancrene eth Robertson – – Speculum. Judith Fetterley, The Resisting Reader: a Feminist Approach to American. Fiction (Bloomington and London: Indiana University Press, , X). Pp. xxvi. Judith Fetterley (born ) is a literary scholar known for her work in feminism and women’s Calling on women readers to intervene, to resist this hailing, Fetterley calls feminist criticism a political act to “to make available to consciousness.
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There’s also a remarkable moment in Fetterley’s chapter on Mailer’s An American Dream when she brings in Valerie Solanis that is, honest to God, inspired. I knew from the moment I read the first quote that I linked that this was going to be bullshit. Magnus rated it liked it Dec 16, That’s not this book, though.
I think I’m pretty sympathetic to reading these canonical works as expressing some pretty retrograde views on gender, and even being built on such ideas. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Of these, the chapters on Mailer and James seem to me best. This one I’ve been meaning to read since I read the introduction in Mary Ann Wilson’s feminist theory class a decade ago, and I could never since understand why I couldn’t find a copy, since it seemed like a really novel approach, a specifically erader centered take on reader-response.
The Resisting Reader: A Feminist Approach to American Fiction by Judith Fetterley
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Manifesto scene Scott Fitzgerald sense sexism sexual politics simply story struggle symbolic things tion ultimate Verena violence vision voice wants whores wife woman womb women. But this is only a partial progression– honestly, the chapters on novels, the last four of the book, didn’t seem to develop a progression that I could see, nor are they precisely in chronological order which does make me ask why they are in this order, but that’s a sort of side question.
Michelle Prendergast rated it really liked it Jan 09, Fetterley then turns this interpretation on a feminist axis: And her claim that that story isn’t about the passage of time seems, well, on the face of it a little contrary, to criticism but also the story itself and most of Faulkner’s work.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Bookvica rated it it was amazing Sep 04, Liz rated it it was amazing May 31, Want to Read saving…. I enjoyed most of it and found it to be a good reminder of strategies to take as a feminist critic, but it didn’t change my life.
Now recognized as a classic of feminist literary criticism, The Resisting Reader generated both praise and critique upon publication. Lists with This Book. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Retrieved from ” https: Raisu rated it liked it Jan 31, It insists on its universality reaedr the same time that it defines that universality in specifically male terms. Sep 09, Aida Hussen rated it liked it Teader it for: William rated it it was ok Apr 09, I’d assign this chapter to all my students if it didn’t mean that they had to read The Bostonians to follow it.
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: But I’m not sure that Fetterley’s readings are entirely convincing to me– they are forceful and vehement, but to me often lack adequate textual evidence and make a lot of leaps that are abrupt and occasionally jarring– one gets the sense that Fetterley has memorized all of these novels and expects the same of the reader who will follow her argument, since she leaves out a lot of connective tissue.
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What she did instead was analyze Mailer’s proudly and violently chauvinist hellscape but then she didn’t get to the redemption! Anyhow, it’s easier now to understand why this book isn’t available everywhere and widely cited– it’s got an intriguing premise, but in the working through, it’s more idiosyncratic than it is systematic, and unless you’re Fetterley herself, it’s hard to imagine using this strategy to open up other texts.
The Resisting Reader: A Feminist Approach to American Fiction
Of James’s works, The Boston i ans is, of course, the most explicitly concerned with feminist Issues, though Washington Square hte The Portrait of a Lady, for example, explore the same concerns. This woman is awful. Judith Fetterley takes up a series of classic nineteenth and twentieth-century texts to demonstrate that “American literature is male,” that “the experience of being American is equated with the experience of being male,” and that “in such fictions the female reader is co-opted into participation in an experience from which she is explicitly excluded” p.
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I’m sure this is a tiresome strategy by now, but it works for me to record why I’m reading these books Mar 22, Anne D. Four American Short Stories.
I hope to continue re-reading this book. Open Preview See a Problem? Fetterley argues that the American dream of escaping from women who are fully potent human beings fetteerley produced a literature in which women are killed, vilified, or idealized.