Feminist Criticism Theory – Summary

Texts and Contexts by Steven Lynn

According to Steven Lynn in his book “Texts and Contexts”, Feminist Criticism (Feminist Theory or FT) is a patchwork of different methods and ideas that ultimately help anyone read and write like a female (235 Lynn). FT aims to bring to light gender inequalities and give voice to the many female writers that have never been given credit for their place in life and literature. FT also focuses on uncovering the many truths behind the oppression and bias towards women in many different social and media outlets. Although FT has been used since the late 18th century, its strong emergence was towards the end of the 1960s with the rise of female activism. Included within the FT is Post Feminism, which refers to what comes after Feminism. this entails that, as Lynn puts it, “Feminist Theory has done its job and both men and women are equal” (230).

Feminist Theory uses a slew of important terms to strengthen its ideas. Canon is referred to as important groups of work that are continuously assigned and reprinted. Constructed is referring to the many notions imagined about women or any of the minority groups. Exclusion refers to the works of women that have been denied any sort of serious thought due to gender inequality. Gender refers to the cultural features of sexuality and the biological, psychological, and social factors that construct it. Patriarchy literally means “father-ruled” and refers to the superiority of men within a culture. Sexist is a reference to a superiority of one sex over the other.

Lynn, Steven. Texts and Contexts: Writing about Literature with Critical Theory. New York, N.Y. [u.a.: Pearson Longman, 2008. Print.



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