Feminism and Literature
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Division: The New School for Social Research
Course Number: GPHI 6684
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
- Social Sciences
Can literature be used as a tool to articulate feminist claims? If it is true that language speaks, what is the feminist practice of writing telling us? What does it mean to write? What is the difference, if any, between feminist philosophical and literary forms of writing? How do the production and reception of feminist narratives interact with one another? The aim of this seminar is to explore the connection between feminism and literature, at the crossroads of philosophy, literary theory and psychoanalysis. In the first part of the seminar, we will explore the feminist critique of the western philosophical canon. We will compare some key texts written by male philosophers with the use (or misuse) that has been done by feminist philosophers and writers, who have reworked, reshaped or, indeed, subverted them. In the second part, we will focus on a particular constructive literary practice -- that of women's autobiographies -- both as a tool for speaking without telling and for the articulation of feminist claims in the public sphere.
Not open to Undergraduate students.