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    • Feminist Criticism Critical Theory
    • Background of Feminism
      • An ideology that examines how women are subjugated in society
      • Feminism suggests that Western civilization is basically patriarchal , literally “ruled by the father”
      • Women are therefore subordinate to men in this patriarchal society
    • Feminist Criticism
      • Based on the Feminist movement
      • Literature written by women:
      • The feminist view is that history and literature are largely written by men and studied through the male perspective
    • How literature represents women
        • Women are traditionally represented by one of the following stereotypes: the slave, the temptress, the virgin and the prize
    • Why are these labels a problem?
      • By representing women using one of the four archetypes, the author knowingly or unknowingly marginalizes the females in the work as the females are never developed into complex characters
    • Also a problem is…
      • Female characters in literature are not “real” females, but only idealized representations of the male idea of females
      • By resorting to these stereotypes again and again in literature, authors fail to consider the complexity of the female character
    • Applying Feminist Criticism
      • In general, Feminist critics consider how females are portrayed in a work and how the females in a work have been understood by audiences
      • Your can apply the following questions when using a Feminist approach to literature:
    • Questions for a Feminist Approach
      • 1. What do the female characters in the work believe about themselves and their position in society?
    • Questions for a Feminist Approach
      • 2.How do the male characters in the text perceive the females in the work?
        • Consider the 4 archetypes
        • Consider the males attitudes toward the females
        • Consider where the males seem to feel the females belong in society
    • Questions for a Feminist Approach
      • 3.Is the portrayal of males or females in the work stereotypical?
        • Note please that unfortunately, in modern works, we treat male characters as stereotypes as well and these stereotypes for male are as limiting as the ones traditionally used for females
    • Questions for a Feminist Approach
      • 4.What is the nature of the relationships between males and females in the text?
        • Consider who has the power in the relationship
        • Consider who controls the money in the relationship
        • Consider the element of respect in the relationship
    • In closing
      • By examining a work using a Feminist Critical Approach, we seek to discover how traditional stereotypes of males and female inform the work
      • In doing so, we can discuss how the struggle between male and female interests in society have affected the work
    • Listen and use a feminist critical eye… what might a feminist critic say about the story?
    • What gender stereotypes are seen in this Disney movie based on “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf?
      • Prepared for your viewing pleasure by:
      • Liana Cote-Montminy