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Feminist criticism 2012


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includes "The Paperbag Princess" and "The Story of Ferdinand"

includes "The Paperbag Princess" and "The Story of Ferdinand"

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  • 1. Feminist Criticism Critical Theory
  • 2. 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
  • 3. 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
  • 4. How literature represents women
      • Women are traditionally represented by one of the following stereotypes: the slave, the temptress, the virgin and the prize
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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
  • 7. 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:
  • 8. Questions for a Feminist Approach
    • 1. What do the female characters in the work believe about themselves and their position in society?
  • 9. 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
  • 10. 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
  • 11. 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
  • 12. 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
  • 13. Listen and use a feminist critical eye… what might a feminist critic say about the story?
  • 14. What gender stereotypes are seen in this Disney movie based on “The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf?
  • 15.
    • Prepared for your viewing pleasure by:
    • Liana Cote-Montminy