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Dancing Through the Minefield: Some Observations on the Theory, Method, and Politics in Feminist Literary Criticism: Annette Kolodny: “Dancing Through the. Annette Kolodny quotes. Quote:”Dancing through the Minefield: Some Observations on the Theory, Practice, and Politics of a Feminist Literary Criticism” . Dancing Through the Minefield: Some Observations on the Theory, Practice, and Politics of a Feminist Annette Kolodny – – Feminist Studies 14 (3)

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In chapter 2, “Surveying the Virgin Land: The feminization of the land and the images of the earth as a passive, giving female figure show the social ideas that ecofeminism protests against.

Pluralism and the Theory of Women’s Studies. Rather, the object of pluralism is to make use of multiple critical approaches and to get a fuller appreciation of the variety of meanings which can be present in a single text. Insofar as we are taught how to read, what we engage are texts but paradigms.

This is a common criticism of second-wave feminism: Gale Research Company,p. In other words, our history. Elaine Showalter – – Critical Inquiry 8 2: Both Bulkin and Patterson believe that Kolodny, while speaking to women in her essay, is only speaking to a certain group of women — those who are white, middle classand heterosexual.

Pluralism in this context refers to a conscious effort not to limit oneself munefield a single critical approach when reading a text. Notify me of new comments via email.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Freudian and psychoanalytic influences are apparent in this text, especially in the “psychosexual dynamic of a virginal paradise” Kolodny, Land Before Her3.

ENGL PAB#1: On Annette Kolodny, “Dancing through the Minefield” | A. Lorean Hartness

The book is organized chronologically, in much the same way as Lay of the Land. History of Western Philosophy. Since the grounds upon which we assign aesthetic value to texts are never infallible, unchangeable, or universal, we must reexamine not only our aesthetics but, as well, the inherent biases and assumptions informing the critical methods which in part shape our aesthetic responses. Although we may be moving forward in terms of feminist literary criticism, and considering the length of time that has passed since Kolodny wrote her article, it seems we still have a long way to go.


In recent years, the monolithic nature of the canon has been challenged, and works by previously ignored sections of the literary world women, homosexualsand ethnic minorities have gained some footholds in the canon. Towards Marxist Feminist Biblical Criticism. Literary histories define the major, minor, and ignored texts according to their own social values and conventions, not out of any inherent aesthetic value on the text itself.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Our thrrough and evaluation of any work of art should depend on how we create or reshape our sense of the past. Annette Kolodny – – Critical Inquiry 8 2: Retrieved from ” https: Indian Country Today Media Network.

Of course, many more women authors have found their ways into the literary canon, and much more feminist literary criticism written by women scholars is being published, much is yet to be settled.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Feminism and the Academic Minefield in the dancign. Literary history and with that, the historicity of literature is a fiction.

Retrieved January 10, Gardiner, on the other hand, disagrees with Kolodny about the use of pluralism. Feminist Criticism Theory and Practice. These two books have a connection to ecofeminism, particularly Lay of the Land. Fine literature by women writers, is a result of their researching of the past. The minefjeld section is titled “Book One: After graduation, she took a position on the editorial staff at Newsweek.

It is a book about needed educational innovations in the twenty-first century. In other words, reading classics sometimes lead us to misunderstand the text and get the message right. In light of the social constructionist view that aesthetic values, as assigned to the literary canon, are in actuality the products of social conventions and values, Kolodny claims that feminist criticism should “discover how aesthetic value is assigned in the first place” Kolodny and then assess the socially-constructed reading patterns that lead to those value judgements.


ENGL 810: PAB#1: On Annette Kolodny, “Dancing through the Minefield”

We have to establish new norms of evaluation of our works of art by developing our critical methods of evaluation which we used before. Dancing Between Left and Right: No keywords specified fix it. These include the ability of legislators and administrators to make uninformed decisions about budget cuts without realizing the effect of such cuts on quality education; a myriad of problems about tenure and promotions processes, which Kolodny believes still reflect an attitude antagonistic to women or ethnic minorities; a problem with anti-feminist and anti- intellectual harassment; the lack of support available for students with children; the extent to which women and non-whites are still considered outsiders on university campuses; and the effect of an outdated curriculum in the face of greater demographic diversity and changing student learning needs.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Her books have won many awards both in the United States and abroad. In other words, we have to forger our history. Fantasy and Experience of the American Frontiers, University of North Carolina Press, ; both of these texts deal with environmental concerns and the historic destruction of the land Jay In any case, here we go.

Both of these books relate to a subgenre of feminism called ecological feminism or ecofeminism, a social and political doctrine that posits a relationship between the subjugation of women and the destruction of nature. Sometimes, because of our reading habits, our reading become fixed which means that our expectations later on will be the same specially when we read works which follow the work which we read it first.