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Critical Condition: Feminism at the Turn of the Century

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Is feminism dead, as has been claimed by notable members of the media and the academy? Has feminist knowledge, with its proliferation of methodologies and fields, been purchased at the price of power? Are the conflicts among feminists evidence of self-destructive infighting or do they herald the emergence of innovative modes of inquiry? Given a feminism now ensconced within higher education as specialized or fractious scholarship, Susan Gubar's Critical Condition: Feminism at the Turn of the Centurydemonstrates that an invigorated concentration on activism and artistry can accentuate not the clinical or disparaging meaning of "critical" but its sense of compelling urgency and irreverent vitality. As a pioneer of feminist studies — and the object of some of the more rancorous criticism lodged against early feminist scholars — Gubar stands in a unique position to comment on current dilemmas. Moving beyond defensiveness produced by generational rivalry, the impasse propagated by smug deployments of identity politics, and the obscurity of poststructuralist theory, she claims that the very controversies that undermine feminism's unity also prove its resilience. Gubar begins by considering the volatile impact of gender on recent redefinitions of race, sexuality, religion, and class proposed by four important groups in contemporary feminism: African-American performance and visual artists, lesbian creative writers, Jewish-American women, and newly institutionalized female academics. She then addresses major divisions — including the rifts between various area studies and women's studies, as well as strains between generations — that both threaten and invigorate feminist inquiry. Gubar's forays into art and activism, politics, and the profession provide a sometimes distressing, sometimes comical, sometimes optimistic view of feminism emerging from a time of contention into a lively period of pluralized perspectives and disciplines.

Synopsis:

"The coauthor of the influential Madwoman in the Attic offers a bold appraisal of feminism and a spirited call for its reinvention." (Midwest).

About the Author

Susan Gubar is Distinguished Professor of English at Indiana University.

Table of Contents

Introduction — Women artists and contemporary racechanges — Lesbian studies 101 (as taught by creative writers) — Eating the bread of affliction : Judaism and feminism — The graying of Professor Erma Bombeck — What ails feminist criticism? — Feminist misogyny; or, The paradox of "It takes one to know one" — A chapter on the future.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231502580
Subtitle:
Feminism at the Turn of the Century
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Author:
Susan Gubar
Author:
Gubar, Susan
Subject:
Feminism and literature
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
General
Subject:
Feminist literary criticism
Subject:
Feminist
Subject:
Critique fâeministe
Subject:
Fâeminisme et littâerature
Subject:
Femmes et littâerature
Subject:
History
Subject:
Women and literature -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Feminist Studies-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2000
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
237

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