Feminism (Gender studies) Lee, Mark and Kim, Ted AP Literature, Period 1 Ms. Trueman, 2/8/11
The feminist literary theory, also known as gender studies, came from the “feminist movement.”
No truly specific time period.
References to an overall movement that deals with women’s issues that focus on origins or inequality and the social construction of gender roles.
Origins and background
Categorized into three levels:
Thematic – Reject stereotypes and analyze the female character to critique the stereotypes made by male-centered society. Ideological – Not accept gender-biased ideas and perspectives of males. Destructionist – Change the degrading women’s role through reason. Characteristics of feminism
Books: Jane Eyre, Moll Flanders, and Scarlett Letter
Plays: Doll’s House, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet.
Connections to literature in high school
Reassess women’s role in society.
Question the patriarchal society portrayed in literature.
Helps understand how sexual identity affects the reader.
Analyze how the male- female relationships in literature has reflected that of real society’s.