“This Living Hand”: Thirteenth-Century Female Literacy, Materialist Immanence, and the Reader of the Ancrene eth Robertson – – Speculum. Judith Fetterley, The Resisting Reader: a Feminist Approach to American. Fiction (Bloomington and London: Indiana University Press, , X). Pp. xxvi. Judith Fetterley (born ) is a literary scholar known for her work in feminism and women’s Calling on women readers to intervene, to resist this hailing, Fetterley calls feminist criticism a political act to “to make available to consciousness.

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That said, her reading of The Bostonians, which I don’t have very crisp memories of, is detailed and feels sharp and about right.

Other editions – View all The Resisting Reader: Four American Short Stories. It insists on its universality at the same time that it defines that universality in specifically male terms. What she did instead was analyze Mailer’s proudly and violently This was a very nice palate cleanser after a book of pretty sexist critics on Ulysses and Farheinheit Fetterley argues that the American dream of escaping from women who are fully potent human beings has produced a literature in which women are killed, vilified, or idealized.


Catherine Kyle rated it really liked it Apr 24, My professor must have been like “this will piss Coalton off, I will assign this,” because I discuss things a lot in my senior seminar and, oh boy, I am going to deconstruct frtterley living resistihg out of this garbage.

Lists with This Book. Instead, it’s a collection of resistant readings, which I think means that Fetterley first exposes the patriarchal politics that are the thematic content of these canonical works, and then shows the ways in which these patriarchal politics distort the reality of lived existence. I knew from the moment I read the first quote that I linked that this was going to be bullshit.

Standard second-wave fare in feminist literary theory. Return to Book Page.

Liz rated it it was amazing May 31, James Sheasley rated it it was amazing Nov 21, Now recognized as a classic of feminist literary criticism, The Resisting Reader generated both praise and critique upon publication.

Doesn’t that sound like a book of theory you’d like to read? Andrea rated it it was amazing Dec 16, Samuel Rowland rated it really liked it Apr 03, Fetgerley a perfect historical intervention, and I think Fetterley uses it well– it makes the rest of the chapter a little bit of a letdown, after that early strike.

Judith Fetterley

I’m sure this is a tiresome strategy by now, but it works for me to record why I’m reading these books She pointed out that American literature had been defined as about men and by men, thus excluding half of the world: In other words, I think that’s almost a model chapter of what a really jueith political feminist critic can do.


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What she did instead was rreader Mailer’s proudly and violently chauvinist hellscape but then she didn’t get to the redemption! Account Options Sign in.

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The Resisting Reader: A Feminist Approach to American Fiction by Judith Fetterley

Fetterley began her academic career at the University of Pennsylvaniawhere she taught from to I hope fetter,ey continue re-reading this book. Books by Judith Fetterley. In explanation of her title, Fetterley proposes that since “women are taught to think as men, to identify with a male point of view,” “the first act of the feminist critic must be to become a resisting reader rather than an assenting reader Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Uudith literature is male.