Finding the plot: A Maternal Approach to Madness in Literature

Finding the plot: A Maternal Approach to Madness in Literature
Author : Megan Rigers
Publisher : Demeter Press
Total Pages : 284
Release : 2017-12-01
ISBN 10 : 9781772581607
ISBN 13 : 1772581607
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL


Over the past fifty years, feminist literary criticism has become theoretical rather than practical, severing any relationship between literary analysis and the real lived experiences of women. An example of this disconnect is the way in which the madwoman in feminist literature has become a lauded icon of liberation, when in reality her situation would be seen as anything but empowered. Finding the Plot takes this example to task, arguing that in fact any interpretation of women’s madness as subversive reinforces the very gender stereotypes that feminist literary criticism should be calling into question.

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