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Sexual / Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory (New Accents)

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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 2002 by Routledge (first published 1985)
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Se me ha escapado muchísimo de lo que explica por mi falta de conocimiento sobre el tema. Aun así, lo he disfrutado bastante. Habrá que revisitarlo en unos años.
Dark Slayer
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Not read in full due to only being able to source this as a four-hour library loan. Still, an interesting tome. More thoughts to follow.
Nov 30, 2010 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
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Este es mi primer encuentro (de lectura íntegra) tanto con la teoría literaria como con los estudios feministas y debo decir que me está resultando muy interesante y pedagógico a pesar de que se mueva en un terreno que se acaba tornando un tanto inestable por la crítica profunda que lleva a cabo y de las contradicciones inherentes e inevitables del discurso feminista.

Lo mejor es que no hace falta ser un entendido o un declarado amante de la literatura (en mi caso ninguna de ambas opciones) para
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This was a great companion for my Gender and Text graduate classes. I wish I hadn't rented it from Chegg so I could have highlighted and written notes in the margins! If you are looking for a good companion to feminist texts or an overview of the big ideas and names in regard to feminist literature, this is your one stop shop!
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Only read parts for my gender essay but highly thought-provoking!
Tracy Beth
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading Moi's views on other feminist theorists. Very interesting discussion points and analysis.
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book offers an incredible insight into Anglo-American and French feminist theory. It's a great guide for people who are just beginning to learn about feminism, sexism and similar -isms. The language is not overly complicated, it is suitable for students and everything is nicely explained. Furthermore, the author offered a short introduction to Lacan and Derrida to make it easier for new readers to understand the postulates of French feminist criticism. This book thouroughly changed my view ...more
Dec 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
Hunter Skr
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Emily Cait
Jan 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Great starting place for further research.
SL Walker
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great introduction. The only flaw is that it assumes knowledge of pre-Oedipal stages in the 'French' feminist section.
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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brilliant overview of feminist literary analysis and french feminist theory! easy and pleasurable to read and understand. it's a must.
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.
Jul 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
very insightful...makes one want to know more about something considered as 'dry' as lit theory..some very analytical thinking by toril.
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Toril Moi is James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies and Professor of English, Philosophy and Theatre Studies at Duke University. Moi is also the Director of the Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature at Duke. She attended University of Bergen. Previously she held positions as a lecturer in French at the University of Oxford and as Director of the Center for Feminist Researc ...more
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