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Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory
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What are the political implications of a feminist critical practice? How do the problems of the literary text relate to the priorities and perspectives of feminist politics as a whole?
Sexual/Textual Politics addresses these fundamental questions and examines the strengths and limitations of the two main strands in feminist criticism, the Anglo-American and the French, payi

Paperback, 248 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by Routledge (first published September 1st 1985)
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Nov 30, 2010 Shinynickel marked it as to-read
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It’s very interesting to me as a writer because it’s an extremely acute dissection of the way women's artistic output is either belittled and written out of history, or analysed in a specifically misogynist way. There are two examples: one of an 18th-century painting whose creatorship was left anonymous – the painting was lauded, shown in all the major galleries, analysed by experts, praised, shown to art students as a model for their own technique and auctioned at extremely high...more
This is a great introductory text on the history of feminist literary theory. She summarizes important feminist works, provides helpful criticism, and writes in a manner that is enjoyable and not at all boring. I picked up this text mainly to read her section on Kristeva, because it is surprisingly difficult to find criticism of Kristeva (a lot of the literary analysis that I come across just use her psychoanalytic theories but don't seem to engage with it in any way). I ended up reading the who...more
Oct 22, 2013 Hannah rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Had to read this for my methodology course since I'm doing a study of feminist theory. Somewhat of a useful book, I gathered some good notes, yet I was a bit overwhelmed by all the psychoanalytical aspects which aren't very interesting to me.
Moi is a very fine writer who manages to achieve the near impossible by writing a primer on feminist theory that not only provides an invaluable overview of the main ideas and writers in the field in a well presented, clear manner, but also manages to provide an abundance of thoughtful criticism as she goes. It’s an easier task in the Anglo-American section which is less theoretical, psychonalaytic and linguistic and more focussed on new and inventive readings of texts. Moi’s elucidation and dis...more
Dark Slayer
Virginia Woolf has received different criticism from Anglo-American feminists. Firstly, the writing of the former has been viewed negatively by Elaine Showalter. The utilization of “androgyny” and other techniques of writing is what the later believes to be a failure for feminism. Showalter assumes that any text has to reflect the writer’s experience, which is not the case with Woolf who belonged to the upper-class and who lacked harsh experience to be a good feminist writer. On the contrary, th...more
This text serves as a good introduction to anglo-american and french feminisms. Moi astutely and succinctly summarizes the arguments and styles of few feminists she chooses to discuss. I have used this book to play catch-up and educate myself about all the feminism I have never been taught in my studies and it has served me well in this regard. It has also been helpful (although not necessary) to read before I approach the texts written by the feminist themselves.

That said, I would also recomme...more
Hunter Skr
Moi is totally brilliant. This book remains really valuable, and is really one of the most interesting of the common lit crit texts. Let's face it, lit crit is very often complete and utter twaddle.

I'm not being very coherent, so I'll end with the claim that this book is indispensible, and the clarification that this book is about a lot of things I haven't mentioned here.
Moi's a fine one. Sexual/Textual Politics is an invaluable analysis of Anglo-American feminism, as well as an invaluable deconstruction of Showalter and Moer on their own terms and Lukacs on his, arguing against each what could only be called dialectical freeplay.
I love lit and crit theory, I do, but my attention span oh a thunderstorm this is fantastic. Moi doesn't dumb anything down, nossiree, but she condenses and explicates very well.
very insightful...makes one want to know more about something considered as 'dry' as lit theory..some very analytical thinking by toril.
brilliant overview of feminist literary analysis and french feminist theory! easy and pleasurable to read and understand. it's a must.
It's exactly what it says on the box, a pretty good intro to feminist criticism & theory.
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