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Starting Over

Feminism and the Politics of Cultural Critique


Publication Year: 2012

For more than a decade Judith Newton has been at the forefront of defining and promoting materialist feminist criticism. Starting Over brings together a selection of her essays that chart the establishment of feminist literary criticism in the academy and its relation to other forms of cultural criticism, including Marxist, post-Marxist, new historicist, and cultural materialist approaches, as well as cultural studies. The essays in Starting Over have functioned as exemplars of interdisciplinary thinking, mapping out the ways in which reading strategies and the constructions of history, culture, identity, change, and agency in various materialist theories overlap, and the ways in which feminist-materialist work both draws upon, revises, and complicates the vision of nonfeminist materialist critiques. They are shaped by an awareness that public knowledge is always informed by the so-called private realm of familial and sexual relations and that cultural criticism must bring together investigations of daily behaviors, economic and social relations, and the dynamics of race, class, gender, and sexual struggle. Starting Over is a brilliant synthesis of literature, history, anthropology, the many influential trends in contemporary theory, and the politics of feminism.

Published by: University of Michigan Press


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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-7


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pp. 22-23

Toward a Materialist-Feminist Cristicism - with Deborah Rosenfelt

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pp. 24-49

History as Usual? Feminisim and the New Historicism

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pp. 50-81

Family Fortunes: History and Literature in Materialist-Feminist Work

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pp. 82-101

Historicisms New and Old; "Charles Dickens" Meets Marxismm, Feminism, and West Coast Manuals

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pp. 102-119

Sex and Political Economy in the Edinburgh Review

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pp. 120-147

"Ministers of the Interior": The Political Economy of Women's Manuals

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pp. 148-171

Learning Not to Curse; or, Feminist Predicaments in Cultural Criticism by Men: Our Movie Date with James Cliffor and Stephen Greenblatt - with Judith Stacey

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pp. 172-199

Starting Over: An Afterword

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pp. 200-217

Works Cited

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pp. 218-233

E-ISBN-13: 9780472029389
Print-ISBN-13: 9780472064823

Page Count: 232
Publication Year: 2012