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ENGL 4800-Introduction to Literary Theory: Gender Issues

Key Individuals/Feminism

Michele Barrett

Helene Cixous

Simone de Beauvoir

Mary Ellman

Judith Fetterley

Julio Kristera

Kate Millet

Judith Fetterley

Elaine Showalter

Virginia Woolf

Key Individuals/Queer Theory

Judith Butler

Helene Cixous

Jonathan Dollimore

Marguerite Duras

Michael Foucault

Claudia Herman

Jonathan Ned Katz

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

Feminism Theory Books

In 1929, Virginia Woolf wrote A Room of One's Own, defining a tradition of literature written by women.  Modern feminist criticism began with Mary Ellman's Thinking About Women.  Feminist critics view literature as primarily patriarchal (controlled by males).   Feminine characters are seen as passive and emotional while the male characters are dominating and rational.