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ERIC Number: ED375395
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Pages: 16
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Weaving Theoretical Threads: Liberal, Psychoanalytic, Socialist Feminisms and Composition Theory.
Remlinger, Kathryn
The categorization of individual theories co-existing within the feminist framework limits the extent to which these theories can be woven together to fully develop the field of composition. By focusing on differences, taxonomies ignore the similarities among the framework's various theories. These similarities, when interlaced instead of separated, enhance theories, research methods, and practices, which in turn develop previously unrealized insights into the field. If the various feminist theoretical assumptions of how gender and language interact were intertwined, composition instructors would be better able to develop not only their own voices through writing, but also their perspectives on how the interaction of social factors, such as language and gender, create, maintain, as well as challenge gender-specific roles. Specifically, three schools of feminism that might be interwoven are as follows: (1) liberal feminism, which maintains that female subordination is a result of unequal social and legal practices that deny women access to individual rights; (2) psychoanalytic feminism, which regards gendered oppression and marginality as a result of differences between female and male psychological development; (3) the socialist feminist approach explains how capitalism has separated the domestic from the public work sphere based on the capital value of each domain. Treating most women's problems as the problems of the middle-class woman, all three approaches, however, could be critiqued for their failure to adequately consider issue of class, race and age. (Contains 37 references.) (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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