This anthology explores the provocative intersection among feminist, literary, and felony theories. Written through feminist thinkers from legislations and literature, discourses that every produce culturally robust representations of girls, those essays contest the limits that typically separate those disciplines and thereby modify the probabilities of these representations that experience typically disempowered women.
Beginning with an exploration of the ways that girls are represented—how they both inform or have their tales instructed in literature, within the legislations, in a courtroom—this assortment demonstrates the interrelatedness of the felony and the literary. even if contemplating the prestige of medieval girls readers or assessing the effectiveness and volume of up to date rape legislation reform, the essays exhibit that energy first comes with telling one’s personal tale, and that the measure and influence of that energy are decided by way of the cultural value of the discussion board within which the tale is gifted. yet telling the tale isn't really sufficient. One should also pay attention to how the tale is contained inside conventional constructs or limitations and is therefore constrained in its results, as Carol Sanger’s essay on moms and legal/sexual id makes transparent. One should also realize how a narrative may perhaps perpetuate an ideological time table that isn't within the top pursuits of the storyteller, as Elizabeth Butler Cullingford exhibits in her studying of Yeats’s "Leda and the Swan" and one needs to comprehend the historic context of a narrative and of its telling, as Anne B. Goldstein’s essay on lesbian narratives discloses.
Breaking down the bounds among legislation and literature, this anthology makes glaring the ways that the influence of women’s tales has been limited and expands the diversity of percentages in case you symbolize girls, inform women’s tales, or current women’s matters. Representing Women
makes the retelling of previous tales approximately girls compelling and the telling of recent ones either worthy and possible.
Contributors. Kathryn Abrams, Linda Brodkey, Rita Copeland, Elizabeth Butler Cullingford, Margaret Anne Doody, Susan B. Estrich, Michelle tremendous, Anne B. Goldstein, Angela P. Harris, Susan Sage Heinzelman, Christine L. Krueger, Martha Minow, Carol Sanger, Judy Scales-Trent