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Feminist Critical Theory:
A Checklist

To be included in this bibliography a citation had to 1) reflect or discuss a feminist approach; 2) pertain to literary criticism; and 3) relate to theory. Subdivisions include "Bibliographies," "Introductory Sources," "General," "Black Critical Theory," "Écriture Féminine," "Lesbian Theory," "Marxist Theory," "Mythic Theory," "Other Poststructural Theories," and "Psychoanalytic or Linguistic Theory." Classifying the citations was difficult because of overlapping concepts, and the subject headings are not rigid divisions but an attempt to impose a degree of order on the 247 books and articles (no dissertations are included). For example, discussions of écriture féminine and lesbian theory relate to psychoanalytic theory, and most feminist theory as a whole can be described as poststructural, but each of these is a separate category in the bibliography.

The citations relating to linguistics pertain specifically to literary theory and reflect a small part of the literature on linguistics and gender differences in general. Coverage in years ranges from 1973 to 1987 with the two exceptions of Woolf and Beauvoir. The bibliography is extensive but not exhaustive. [End Page 501]

Laura Sue Fuderer

Laura Sue Fuderer is Rare Books Librarian at the Hesburgh Library at the University of Notre Dame.

Bibliographies

Ferres, Kay. "Since Sexual Politics: A Selected Bibliography of Feminist Literary Theory." LiNQ [Queensland] 8 (1980): 101-109.
Gelfand, Elissa D., and Virginia T. Hules. French Feminist Criticism: An Annotated Bibliography. New York: Garland, 1985.
Humm, Maggie. An Annotated Bibliography of Feminist Criticism. Boston: Hall, 1987.
Showalter, Elaine. "Bibliography." The New Feminist Criticism. New York: Pantheon, 1985. 379-400.

Introductory Sources

Donovan, Josephine, ed. Feminist Literary Criticism: Explorations in Theory. Lexington: UP of Kentucky, 1975.
———. Feminist Theory: The Intellectual Traditions of American Feminism. New York: Ungar, 1985.
Eagleton, Mary, ed. Feminist Literary Theory: A Reader. Oxford: Blackwell, 1986.
Gilbert, Sandra M. "Life Studies, or, Speech after Long Silence: Feminist Critics Today." College English 40 (1979): 849-863.
Greene, Gayle, and Coppélia Kahn, eds. Making a Difference: Feminist Literary Criticism. New York: Methuen, 1985.
Gunew, Sneja, et al. "Responses to Ruthven: Four Reviews of K. K. Ruthven, Feminist Literary Theory: An Introduction." Journal of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association 64 (1985): 223-237.
Humm, Maggie. Feminist Criticism: Women As Contemporary Critics. New York: St. Martin's, 1986.
Leitch, Vincent B. "Feminist Criticism—Critical Theory, Poetics, and Politics." American Literary Criticism from the Thirties to the Eighties. New York: Columbia UP, 1988. 315-324.
Levy, Bronwen. "Re(reading) Re(writing) Re(production): Recent Anglo-American Literary Theory." Hecate 8 (1982): 97-111.
Lussier, Mark, and Peggy McCormack, eds. "Feminist Literary Criticism: An Introduction." New Orleans Review 13.4 (1986): 49-84.
Moi, Toril. Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory. New York: Methuen, 1985.
Przybylowicz, Donna. "Contemporary Issues in Feminist Theory." Criticism without Boundaries: Directions and Crosscurrents in Postmodern Critical Theory. Ed. Joseph A. Buttigieg. Notre Dame: U of Notre Dame P, 1987. 129-159.
Register, Cheri. "Literary Criticism." Signs 6 (1980): 268-282.
Ruthven, K. K. Feminist Literary Studies: An Introduction. New York: Cambridge UP, 1984.
Schor, Naomi. "Introducing Feminism." Paragraph 8 (1986): 94-101.
Showalter, Elaine. "Feminist Criticism in the Wilderness." Critical Inquiry 8 (1981): 179-205. Repr. in Writing and Sexual Difference. Ed. Elizabeth Abel. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1980. 9-35. Repr. in The New Feminist Criticism. Ed. Elaine Showalter. New York: Pantheon, 1985. 243-270.
———. "Literary Criticism." Review essay. Signs 1 (1975): 435-460.
———, ed. The New Feminist Criticism. New York: Pantheon, 1985.
———. "Towards a Feminist Poetics." Women Writing and Writing about Women. Ed. Mary Jacobus. New York: Barnes, 1979. 22-41. [End Page 502]

General

Abel, Elizabeth, ed. Writing and Sexual Difference. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1982.
Amesley, C. E., and Carol Smith, eds. Feminist Issue. Special issue of Journal of Communication Inquiry 11.1 (1987).
Auerbach, Nina. "Engorging the Patriarchy...


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