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Uit die oogpunt van ’n vrou? Perspektief op feministiese literêre kritiek in die kader van die Airikaanse prosa

J. W. du Plessis, D. H. Steenberg
Literator | Vol 12, No 3 | a781 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v12i3.781 | © 1991 J. W. du Plessis, D. H. Steenberg | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 May 1991 | Published: 06 May 1991

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J. W. du Plessis, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, South Africa
D. H. Steenberg, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir CHO, South Africa

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Abstract

Feminists feel that in literary criticism not enough consideration is given to feminism as an ideology in the production of texts. According to them, existing literary criticism is strongly man-centred. This is especially true of the practice of South African literary criticism. Although feminism does not have at its disposal a formulated feminist literary criticism, a great deal of research has been done in this direction abroad. This is especially the case in Europe and America. Feminist literary critics apply themselves to the representation of the woman in works by male authors and an analysis of feminine experience in the production of texts by women. This article is an exploration of the Anglo-American and French approaches in feminist literary criticism. An attempt is made to formulate the aims of a possible South African feminist literary criticism in order that not only the general norms, but also the feminist codes in the production of a text, speak towards the final interpretation of a work.

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