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The Concise better half to Feminist Theory introduces readers to the extensive scope of feminist conception over the past 35 years.

  • Introduces readers to the vast scope of feminist conception during the last 35 years.
  • Guides scholars alongside the leading edge of present feminist theory.
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It was also assumed that realist texts could bring author and reader together across time because of their shared position, and indeed ‘experience’, as ‘women’ (Mills 1989). However, the question of what, exactly, we can assume to be shared, has been problematized by the argument that there is no such thing as ‘women’. Identities and ‘experiences’ are shaped by class, religion, sexual orientation and ethnicity. Furthermore, as the historicists amongst literary scholars argue, they are culturally and temporarily specific.

Furthermore, what should a feminist study? Whilst second-wave feminism had placed women’s ‘experience’ at the centre of enquiry in the 1970s, the interest in post-structuralism, which surfaced in literary, sociological and historical studies during the 1980s, served to critique this focus as essentialist. Experience could never be ‘real’ in any sense; rather, events are always interpreted and mediated through language, as they are remembered across time, making them discursive effects. American historians Linda Gordon and Joan W.

1999: 2) In Paris, one of the key actors in the construction of these stories and the regulation of activities was the female portière: a figure whom Marcus suggests is as important in nineteenth-century Parisian urban life as the male flâneur identified by Baudelaire. While Marcus’s book is a challenge to the conventional wisdom about spatial separation in nineteenth-century cities in Western Europe and the US, it also provides a salutary warning of the dangers of ethnocentrism. The singlefamily, private dwelling is an historically and spatially specific form and, as Bahloul (1992) has shown in her study of a multi-dwelling building in colonial Algeria, the boundaries between the household and others, between public and private and even between the inside and outside of a dwelling are permeable and changeable.

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