Not for Personal Political Gain

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"The feminist critic is not studying representations of gender simply because she believes that this will further her political ends. She also believes that gender and sexuality are central themes in literature and other sorts of discourse, and that any critical amount which surpresses them is seriously defective" (Eagleton 209).

What I mainly got from this section was that feminists aren't just tearing apart representations of gender because they want to cause problems for certain writers, but mainly because they realize that the sometimes degrading representations of women in literature can expand beyond just text and go into our everyday conversation and living. This makes sense because it gives even more purpose to what they are trying to accomplish. In other words it's not just to boost their political position, but to help with the well being of the gender itself.

Check out Sue's blog from a couple of weeks ago when she touched upon some of these topics.



Jenna said:

Good analysis, Katie. Eagleton wanted to show that a theorist's political beliefs does not mean that they are trying to shove those off on their readers or look for political gains. It is more an exploration about the political issue they are concerned with and how it is presented in a work and what the relation is to the past, present, and future.

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