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Gynocriticism or gynocritics is the term coined in the seventies by Elaine Showalter to describe a new literary project intended to construct "a female framework for the analysis of women's literature". By expanding the historical study of women writers as a distinct literary tradition, gynocritics sought to develop new models based on the study of female experience to replace male models of literary creation, and so "map the territory" [1] left unexplored in earlier literary criticisms. While previous figures like Virginia Woolf and Simone de Beauvoir had already begun to review and evaluate the female image in literature, [2] and second-wave feminism had explored phallocentrism and sexism through a female reading of male authors, gynocriticism was designed as a "second phase" in feminist criticism — turning to a focus on, and interrogation of female authorship, images, the feminine experience and ideology, and the history and development of the female literary tradition. Gynocriticism also examines the female struggle for identity and the social construct of gender. The uncovering of the female subculture and exposition of a female model is the intention of gynocriticism, [3] comprising recognition of a distinct female canon where a female identity is sought free from the masculine definitions and oppositions.

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To browse Academia. Skip to main content. By using our site, you agree to our collection of information through the use of cookies. To learn more, view our Privacy Policy. Log In Sign Up. About Elaine Showalters Theory of Gynocriticism. Valiur Rahaman. It tries to reflect upon her critical theorization and practice, and recognize the credibility and aftereffect of both among contemporary authors, critics and readers.

Elaine Showalter, an American feminist, retired recently from faculty position in Princeton University in She developed the concept of "gynocritics" and practised it through her life career. She, being a specialized in Victorian literature, wrote on pre-victorian, Victorian, and modern female writers observing their social, cultural, religious and financial status in their own periods.

The present essay is an attempt to explore Showalter's feminist critical philosophy and the corresponding practice of such an innovative approach in literary feminism. It investigates whether Showalter's critical approach is a feminist social critique, i. It looks into what makes her feminist criticism best and most importantly characterized, and her literary framework for the analysis of women's literature.

Showalter's female research methodology was concerned with abnormal psychology which assisted her during reading reactions of a female sensibility on printed pages. Woman cannot be understood by man nor her writing can be elaborated explicitly, therefore, woman is expected to read and write woman's sensibility illustrated in writing. For developing theory of reading and writing and thinking, about woman and critiquing for re-creating a space of identity as a writer, poet, critic, and a better advocate for her own favorite right, she wrote and edited so many books.

They, as whole, illustrate feminist tradition as writer and intellectual of their own type. Showalter's two notable essays in feminism, "Toward a Feminist Poetics" and "Feminist Criticism in the Wilderness" are keys to her female perspectivism. Perhaps, they are the compact theses of what she called the task of "gynocritics. The female writers of that period were Elizabeth Gaskell, and Gilman etc.

Female: The Female phase is one of self-discovery. Showalter says, "women reject both imitation and protest--two forms of dependency--and turn instead to female experience as the source of an autonomous art, extending the feminist analysis of culture to the forms and techniques of literature" iii In This phase representatives of formal aesthetic Richardson and Woolf were leading among them.

Thus, "Towards a feminist Poetics", demonstrates historical survey of feminist writers categorizing them genealogically. Related Papers. Elaine Showalter. By namrata bhuyan. By Dr. Meenakshi Sharma Yadav. By amee karunya. By Laurie Finke. Download file. Remember me on this computer. Enter the email address you signed up with and we'll email you a reset link. Need an account? Click here to sign up.

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About Elaine Showalters Theory of Gynocriticism

Elaine Showalter, an American feminist, retired recently from faculty position in Princeton University in She, being a specialized in Victorian literature, wrote on pre-victorian, Victorian, and modern female writers observing their social, cultural, religious and financial status in their own periods. It tries to reflect upon her critical theorization and practice, and recognize the credibility and aftereffect of both among contemporary authors, critics and readers. For developing theory of reading and writing and thinking, about woman and critiquing for re-creating a space of identity as a writer, poet, critic, and a better advocate for her own favorite right, she wrote and edited so many books. They, as whole, illustrate feminist tradition as writer and intellectual of their own type. Vali Rahaman Author.

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