ERIC Number: ED101362
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Antifeminist Bias in Traditional Criticism.
Rogers, Katharine M.
Ten recent articles and books are cited in this paper as examples of a continuing antifeminist bias in literary criticism. Several forms of this bias are discussed, including an imperviousness to the feminist awareness, a refusal to recognize it, and open irritation by some critics that women are now finding a voice in literary criticism. A reviewer in the "Times Literary Supplement" is quoted as stating that an otherwise admirable book on 18th century culture includes "a (nowadays mandatory) glimpse at the status of women." A critic of "Joseph Andrews" is quoted as saying that Lady Booby shows "feminine irrationality," but the same critic does not characterize Parson Trulliber's similar irrationality as masculine. It is concluded that antifeminist bias in criticism is still widespread. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (64th, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 28-30, 1974)