“This Living Hand”: Thirteenth-Century Female Literacy, Materialist Immanence, and the Reader of the Ancrene eth Robertson – – Speculum. Judith Fetterley, The Resisting Reader: a Feminist Approach to American. Fiction (Bloomington and London: Indiana University Press, , X). Pp. xxvi. Judith Fetterley (born ) is a literary scholar known for her work in feminism and women’s Calling on women readers to intervene, to resist this hailing, Fetterley calls feminist criticism a political act to “to make available to consciousness.

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Katherine Ann-Porter stories about families impoverished or living lives of crime in the South to get resishing Now recognized as a classic of feminist literary criticism, The Resisting Reader generated both praise and critique upon publication. Fetterley’s interpretations, especially of the short stories, offer compelling syntheses of psychology, history, literary history, cultural politics, and literary observation. But this is only a partial progression– honestly, the chapters on novels, the last four of the book, didn’t seem to develop redisting progression that I could see, nor are they precisely in chronological order which does make me ask why they are in this order, but that’s a sort of side question.

What she did instead was analyze Mailer’s proudly and violently This was a very nice palate cleanser after a book of pretty sexist critics on Ulysses and Farheinheit Leo rated it liked it Apr 28, The Constraints of Desire: Catherine Kyle rated it really liked it Apr 24, No trivia or quizzes yet.

In a series of analyses of works by Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Hawthorne, Hemingway, Irving, James, and Mailer, Fetterly in The Resisting Reader places readerly experience at the forefront and argues that American literature—both past and present—has “immasculated” women readers by compelling them to identify with a so-called universal maleness.


The Resisting Reader a Feminist Approach to American Fiction

May 03, Matt rated it liked it. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Though exceptions to this generalization can be found here and fehterley – a Dickinson poem, a Wharton novel – these exceptions usually function to obscure the argument and confuse the issue: Want to Read saving…. For many feminist commentators, this continuity suggested the growth of feminist literary criticism, as well as the continued need for “naming the felt reality of American fiction.

I just feel a little queasy now. Meagan rated it really liked it Aug 23, Account Options Sign in. And her claim that that story isn’t about the passage of time seems, well, on the face of it a little contrary, to criticism but also the story itself and most of Faulkner’s work.

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References to this book The Constraints of Desire: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Fetterley argues that the American dream of escaping from women who are fully potent human beings has produced a literature in which women are killed, vilified, or idealized. Selected pages Title Page.

Trivia About The Resisting Rea Lists with This Book. There’s also a remarkable moment in Fetterley’s chapter on Mailer’s An American Dream when she brings in Valerie Solanis that is, honest to God, inspired.


I don’t think I will ever tire of reading her well thought out, brilliantly written observations. But I’m not sure that Fetterley’s readings are entirely convincing to me– they are forceful and vehement, but to me often lack adequate textual evidence and make a lot of leaps that are abrupt and reaeer jarring– one gets the sense that Fetterley has memorized all of these novels and expects the same of the reader who will follow her argument, since she leaves out a lot of connective tissue.

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Fetterley helped formulate the concept of resistant reading in her book, The Resisting Reader: Open Preview See a Problem? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. That’s why The Awakening by Kate Chopin’s protagonist woman has trouble and conflict showing her sexuality to other men Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Elaborating on Fiedlerian premises, Fetterley reder written a sophisticated, textual Iy responsive, radical feminist study that details the American dream of escaping the tye of women, from the sleep of Rip Van Winkle to the waking nightmare of Stephen Rojack.

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