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    It's written by a male author btw
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    (Original post by tessachase)
    It's written by a male author btw
    1. Is it egalitarian or feminist?
    2. How many times they mention the mythical gender pay gap
    3. Either of the above
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    (Original post by tessachase)
    It's written by a male author btw
    What is it called and who by? I can take a look and tell you what you should look for
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    (Original post by tessachase)
    It's written by a male author btw
    There is no such thing as a 'piece of feminist literature' unless it is obviously a philosophical novel or piece of non-fiction. You can apply feminist critical theory to any novel though.
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    What's the book?

    Look at:

    - how women are represented?
    - are they strong characters?
    - do they have their own story or are they merely accessories to the male characters?
    - is there a real examination of the female perspective/female experience?
    - what is the historical context of the book?
    - what social changes were happening when it was written?
    - what did the writer think about women's issues?
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    Well originally I wanted to use David Campton's The Cagebirds, but then my supervisor advised me to switch gears to Caryl Churchill's Top Girls. I'll be looking at how the characters/plot of the play connect to the theme of power.
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    What is it called and who by? I can take a look and tell you what you should look for
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    (Original post by tessachase)
    Well originally I wanted to use David Campton's The Cagebirds, but then my supervisor advised me to switch gears to Caryl Churchill's Top Girls. I'll be looking at how the characters/plot of the play connect to the theme of power.
    A really good play! I studied it during my first year at uni!

    As someone correctly stated, there is no such thing as a "feminist" piece of literature unless it's of a philosophical standpoint. You can apply feminist critical theory to a text though.

    For this particular play, you and look at the treatment of women and society and/or how they are presented or even better, how they are misrepresented in society.
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    I'd like to help but I've never read it. Could you summarize it? I double majored in History and Women's Studies, taking advanced feminist philosophy, so maybe I can assist..
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    (Original post by Assan)
    I'd like to help but I've never read it. Could you summarize it? I double majored in History and Women's Studies, taking advanced feminist philosophy, so maybe I can assist..
    Thanks for offering to help! I'm now trying to relate the idea of the argument "the personal is political" to the idea of power in female characters, but I don't feel well-informed enough (don't understand it well)...
 
 
 
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