Literary and Critical Theory

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Routledge's Literary and Critical Theory books offer everything you could need from textbooks to research monographs. Take a look at Using Critical Theory, Lois Tyson’s introductory guide to the field, or The Routledge Queer Studies Reader, a comprehensive resource and textbook to this vibrant and interdisciplinary area. You can also see our extensive range of research and reference including the Routledge Companions series.


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RLE: Women, Feminism and Literature

  1. (Un)like Subjects

    Women, Theory, Fiction

    By Gerardine Meaney

    Series: RLE: Women, Feminism and Literature

    What is the relationship between feminist critical theory and literature? This book deals with the relationship between women and writing, mothers and daughters, the maternal and history. It addresses the questions about language, writing and the relations between women which have preoccupied the...

    Published June 4th 2012 by Routledge

  2. Abjection, Melancholia and Love

    The Work of Julia Kristeva

    Edited by John Fletcher, Andrew Benjamin

    Series: RLE: Women, Feminism and Literature

    This volume begins with a new essay by Julia Kristeva, ‘The Adolescent Novel’, in which she examines the relation between novelistic writing and the experience of adolescence as an ‘open structure’. It is this blend of the literary with the psychoanalytic that places Kristeva’s work central to...

    Published June 5th 2012 by Routledge

  3. Around 1981

    Academic Feminist Literary Theory

    By Jane Gallop

    Series: RLE: Women, Feminism and Literature

    Jane Gallop’s book offers a clear-eyed and comprehensive history of feminist literary criticism. Why, she asks, have we so quickly buried 1970s feminist criticism? What lies buried there? Why do 1990s academic feminists accuse other academic feminists of being ‘academic’? Gallop takes the...

    Published June 5th 2012 by Routledge

  4. Changing Subjects

    The Making of Feminist Literary Criticism

    Edited by Gayle Greene, Coppélia Kahn

    Series: RLE: Women, Feminism and Literature

    These twenty autobiographical essays by eminent feminist literary critics explore the process by which women scholars became feminist scholars, articulating the connections between the personal and political in their lives and work. They describe the experiences that radicalised women within...

    Published June 4th 2012 by Routledge

  5. Edging Women Out

    Victorian Novelists, Publishers and Social Change

    By Gaye Tuchman

    Series: RLE: Women, Feminism and Literature

    Before about 1840, there was little prestige attached to the writing of novels, and most English novelists were women. By the turn of the twentieth century, "men of letters" acclaimed novels as a form of great literature, and most critically successful novelists were men. In the book, sociologist...

    Published June 4th 2012 by Routledge

  6. Engendering Men

    The Question of Male Feminist Criticism

    Edited by Joseph A. Boone, Michael Cadden

    Series: RLE: Women, Feminism and Literature

    Over the past several years, the question of men’s relation to feminism has become a fiercely and sometimes bitterly debated subject. Engendering Men demonstrates the creative impact that feminist modes of inquiry have already had on a new generation of male critics. In the wake of feminism, many...

    Published June 4th 2012 by Routledge

  7. Feminine Fictions

    Revisiting the Postmodern

    By Patricia Waugh

    Series: RLE: Women, Feminism and Literature

    ‘Postmodernism’ and ‘feminism’ have become familiar terms since the 1960s, developing alongside one another and clearly sharing many strong points of contact. Why then have the critical debates arising out of these movements had so little to say about each other? Patricia Waugh addresses the...

    Published June 5th 2012 by Routledge

  8. Gender, Genre & Narrative Pleasure

    Edited by Derek Longhurst

    Series: RLE: Women, Feminism and Literature

    Recent years have witnessed important new initiatives in the study of popular fictional modes of writing. At one time the field could have been described with reasonable accuracy by two traditions: one that analyzed the production and distribution of popular fiction as commodities; and one whose...

    Published June 5th 2012 by Routledge

  9. New Feminist Discourses

    Critical Essays on Theories and Texts

    Edited by Isobel Armstrong

    Series: RLE: Women, Feminism and Literature

    This collection of new feminist essays represents the work of young critics researching and teaching in British Universities. Aiming to set the agenda for feminist criticism in the nineties, the essays debate themes crucial to the development of feminist thought: among them, the problems of...

    Published June 4th 2012 by Routledge

  10. Rereading Modernism

    New Directions in Feminist Criticism

    Edited by Lisa Rado

    Series: RLE: Women, Feminism and Literature

    Until about 1986, feminists generally considered modernism a reactionary, misogynist, and hegemonic mire not worth investigating. Since then enough studies of modernism have appeared that 17 feminist critics can now review and debate their treatment of the period. They evaluate the progress and...

    Published June 4th 2012 by Routledge

  11. Rewriting the Victorians

    Theory, History, and the Politics of Gender

    Edited by Linda M. Shires

    Series: RLE: Women, Feminism and Literature

    This collection of essays, both feminist and historical, analyzes power relations between men and women in the Victorian period. This volume is the first to reshape Victorian studies from the perspective of the postmodern return to history, and is variously influenced by Marxism, sociology,...

    Published June 5th 2012 by Routledge

  12. Routledge Library Editions: Women, Feminism and Literature

    Edited by Isobel Armstrong

    Series: RLE: Women, Feminism and Literature

    Reissuing seminal works originally published between 1979 and 1994, Routledge Library Editions: Women, Feminism and Literature offers a selection of scholarship from a time of great change in feminist studies and literary studies. Topics cover all aspects of women's literature, gender and feminism...

    Published June 5th 2012 by Routledge

  13. Victorian Women's Fiction

    Marriage, Freedom, and the Individual

    By Shirley Foster

    Series: RLE: Women, Feminism and Literature

    Focusing on the ways in which female novelists have, in their creative work, challenged or scrutinised contemporary assumptions about their own sex, this book's critical interest in women’s fiction shows how mid-nineteenth-century women writers confront the conflict between the pressures of...

    Published June 4th 2012 by Routledge

  14. Where No Man has Gone Before

    Essays on Women and Science Fiction

    Edited by Lucie Armitt

    Series: RLE: Women, Feminism and Literature

    How do women writers use science fiction to challenge assumptions about the genre and its representations of women? To what extent is the increasing number of women writing science fiction reformulating the expectations of readers and critics? What has been the effect of this phenomenon upon the...

    Published June 4th 2012 by Routledge

  15. Women Writing and Writing about Women

    Edited by Mary Jacobus

    Series: RLE: Women, Feminism and Literature

    This innovative collection of contemporary essays in feminist literary criticism provides a spectrum of approaches and positions, united by their common focus on writing by and about women. Spanning the novel, poetry, drama, film and criticism, the contributors emphasise some of the problems of...

    Published June 5th 2012 by Routledge