Access options available:. Judith Fetterley. Bloomington and London: Indiana Univ. Press, Judith Fetterley takes up a series of classic nineteenth and twentieth-century texts to demonstrate that "American literature is male," that "the experience of being American is equated with the experience of being male," and that "in such fictions the female reader is co-opted into participation in an experience from which she is explicitly excluded" p. Elaborating on Fiedlerian premises, Fetterley has written a sophisticated, textual Iy responsive, radical feminist study that details the American dream of escaping the power of women, from the sleep of Rip Van Winkle to the waking nightmare of Stephen Rojack.

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Literature is political. It is painful to have to insist on this fact, but the necessity of such insistence indicates the dimensions of the problem. John Keats once objected to poetry "that has a palpable design upon us. When only one reality is encouraged, legitimized, and transmitted and when that limited vision endlessly insists on its comprehensiveness, then we have the conditions necessary for that confusion of consciousness in which impalpability flourishes. It is the purpose of this book to give voice to a different reality and different vision, to bring a different subjectivity to bear on the old "universality. An unknown error has occurred.


The Resisting Reader: A Feminist Approach to American Fiction

Judith Fetterley born is a literary scholar known for her work in feminism and women's studies. She was influential in leading a reappraisal of women's literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, and the contributions of women writing about women's experience, including their perspectives on men in the world. Her family moved to Franklin, Indiana when she was ten. She studied in public schools, then earned her B. She did graduate work at Indiana University , where she earned her Ph. Fetterley began her academic career at the University of Pennsylvania , where she taught from to



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