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                        Rich, Katz Stoker, and Fetterly

General
 How do these three essays exhibit the basic characteristics of Images of Women
   Criticism?
           o Rich brings the personal in; she discusses things from her own life
                experiences
           o Rejection of false neutrality of masculine and formalism (K-S/ Fett)
           o Acceptance of emotion…especially anger
 What do these three essays have in common? How are they different from the
   readings by DeBeauvoir, Ellmann, and Millett?
           o Professional/academic
 As you read these articles can you begin to list some of the critical cruxes of early
   feminist lit crit: what are the issues about which fem critics are arguing? What do
   they DISAGREE about?
           o Anger—is it okay or counter-productive
           o Is sex the primary form of Othering; does it take priority over racial and
                other forms of discrimination


RICH (1971) autobiographical/ about writing poetry – EXPRESSIVE (writer)
 WAWA Rich: Is she most concerned with mimetic issues? What new problems and
   issues does she introduce?
           o Talks about the 50’s—the suburbs etc. (expanding on Betty Friedan’s
              awareness at women’s disillusionment with the 50’s family ideals)
           o Awareness of her own privilege in comparison with other women
           o Importance of language/ naming in shaping or view of ourselves and
              reality
           o Strategies for distancing emotion
                   Splitting. Fragmentation
                   Formalism
                   Male personna
 Can you divide the Rich essays into parts? What do the different parts do?
 How does Rich read Woolf’s tone and attitude? Compare to Millett.
 What is Rich’s attitude towards authority?
 What are some of the crucial splits or conflicts Rich defines in women’s lives?
 What is Rich’s attitude towards anger? How does it compare to Woolf and Millett?

KATZ-STOKER (1972) very political, about sociological perspective MIMETIC (world)
 What kind of critical perspective (WAWA) is K-S attacking? Does this relate to
   anything in Ellmann? What is it that these critics are leaving out?
 What kind of critical perspective (WAWA) does she support?
   How does K-S connect literary criticism to the Women’s Movement?
   Why does K-S think that literary criticism is important?
   What is the problem with a “pure” kind of criticism that ignores politics?
   With what political orientation does she associate the New Criticism? (Brooks,
    Warren, Ransom and Tate are all New Critics)

FETTERLEY 1978 (politics in the context of American lit) PRAGMATIC/RHETORICAL
(reader)

Fetterley's essay is divided into three parts. What does each part do?

             o Part I--
             o Part II --
             o Part III --
       Why does Fetterely say that "literature is political"?
       What keeps us from seeing the political nature of liteature?
       What happens to women who read American literature, according to Fetterely?
       What is the attitude towards women in the stories outlined by Fetterely? Have you read any
        of these stories? How do you react to her interpretations?
       What is the point of all the quotes in section II? What cetral ideas and issues do they share?
        How do these ideas define Fem LitCrit?
       Who does she quote from?? DO you recognize any of these people?
       Why and how does Fettereley think literature can effect social change?

				
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