This anthology explores the provocative intersection among feminist, literary, and felony theories. Written by means of feminist thinkers from legislations and literature, discourses that every produce culturally strong representations of girls, those essays contest the bounds that sometimes separate those disciplines and thereby adjust the probabilities of these representations that experience normally disempowered women.
Beginning with an exploration of the ways that girls are represented—how they both inform or have their tales advised in literature, within the legislation, in a courtroom—this assortment demonstrates the interrelatedness of the criminal and the literary. no matter if contemplating the prestige of medieval girls readers or assessing the effectiveness and quantity of latest rape legislation reform, the essays express that energy first comes with telling one’s personal tale, and that the measure and impact of that strength are decided through the cultural value of the discussion board within which the tale is gifted. yet telling the tale isn't adequate. One should also concentrate on how the tale is contained inside of conventional constructs or limitations and is hence restricted in its results, as Carol Sanger’s essay on moms and legal/sexual id makes transparent. One also needs to realize how a narrative may possibly perpetuate an ideological time table that's not within the top pursuits of the storyteller, as Elizabeth Butler Cullingford exhibits in her analyzing 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 legislations and literature, this anthology makes obtrusive the ways that the impact of women’s tales has been restricted and expands the variety of probabilities when you characterize girls, inform women’s tales, or current women’s matters. Representing Women
makes the retelling of outdated tales approximately girls compelling and the telling of recent ones either invaluable and possible.
Contributors. Kathryn Abrams, Linda Brodkey, Rita Copeland, Elizabeth Butler Cullingford, Margaret Anne Doody, Susan B. Estrich, Michelle effective, Anne B. Goldstein, Angela P. Harris, Susan Sage Heinzelman, Christine L. Krueger, Martha Minow, Carol Sanger, Judy Scales-Trent