The Gender of Modernity
By (author) Rita Felski
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Gender of Modernity by Rita Felski
Book DescriptionIn an exploration of the complex relations between women and the modernity. She also calls into question those feminist perspectives that have either demonized the modern as inherently partiarchal, or else assumed a simple opposition between men's and women's experiences of the modern world. Combining cultural history with cultural theory, and focusing on the fin de siecle, Felski examines the gendered meanings of such notions as nostalgia, consumption, feminine writing, the popular sublime, evolution, revolution and perversion. Her approach is comparative and interdisciplinary, covering a wide variety of texts from the English, French and German traditions: sociological theory, realist and naturalist novels, decadent literature, political essays and speeches, sexological discourse, and sentimental popular fiction. Male and female writers from Simnel, Zola, Sacher-Masoch and Rachilde to Marie Corelli, Wilde and Olive Schreiner come under Felski's scrutiny as she exposes the varied and often contradictory connections between femininity and modernity. Seen through Felski's eye, the last fin de siecle provides parallels with our own. And Felski's analysis of the matrix of modernism offers insight into the sense of cultural crisis brought on by postmodernism.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674341944
(235mm x 155mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 5-Sep-1995
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Rita Felski
Uses of Literature, Paperback (May 2008)
The diverse motives and mysteries of why we read are explored in this groundbreaking new work by Rita Felski. Challenging many time-worn homilies and theories put forth in contemporary literary criticism, Uses of Literature offers refreshing new insights into the purpose and value of reading literature.
Rethinking Tragedy, Paperback (February 2008)
Reiss, New York University; Kathleen M. Sands, University of Massachusetts, Boston; David Scott, Columbia University; George Steiner, University of Geneva; Olga Taxidou, University of Edinburgh
Literature after Feminism, Paperback (July 2003)» View all books by Rita Felski
The cariacatures of feminists as grim-faced ideologues destroying the study of literature are comprehensively rebutted in this work, offering instead a clear assessment of the relative merits of various feminist approaches to literature.
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Author Biography - Rita Felski
Rita Felski is Professor of English, University of Virginia.
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