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Womens Writing The Power and the Passion Dont compromise yourself You are all youve got Janis Joplin In the last thirty years we have seen a real emergence divergence and development of feminist writing Like any writing we care to label or group together there are elements that are worthy of further academic enquiry In this essay I will be examining what constitutes the politics aspects of modern womens writing - in other words what is political about womens writing Womens choice equality and expression have been repressed through various positions of power and distribution of ideas which have been dominated by men Cultural institutions such as capitalism the church and government laid down rules and barriers for women which they have had to battle against One of the benefits coming out of this ongoing battle for feminists was the expression of ideas through writing Through ongoing repression at any or all levels winning any rights for women has been political process formulation and expression of ideas debating demonstrating raising public awareness etc Women have had to an up hill battle to have their writing published due to publishing houses reluctance to take a commercial risk on a new styles of writing Publishers have also had to consider the divergence between academic and literary writing and the fact that Jill average on the street may be more interested in popular fiction than groundbreaking womens writing According to Toril Moi Feminist criticism is a specific kind of political discourse a critical and theoretical practise committed to the struggle against patriarchy and sexism not simply a concern for gender in literature Moi 1989 p117 and goes on to state As a political discourse feminist criticism takes its raison detre from outside of criticism itself It is a truism but it still
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