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Feminist Stidies in English Literature


  • - 주제 : 어문학분야 > 영문학
  • - 성격 : 학술지
  • - 간기: 연3회
  • - 국내 등재 : KCI 등재
  • - 해외 등재 : -
  • - ISSN : 1226-9689
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수록 범위 : 22권 1호 (2014)
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Mary Astell`s writing reveals the existence of a remarkable modern feminism before the liberal feminism we term the first wave that celebrates the free-born woman on equal terms with the freeborn man. The Christian Religion, As professed by a Daughter of the Church of England (1705), Astell`s greatest work, proclaims an ascetic feminism that decries the liberal pieties and the concomitant commitment to such rights as life, liberty, and happiness-all correlates of worldly estate or property. As tell allows us to reinvestigate the valences of each term of the newly holy trinity to see how difficult it must have been for a thinking and religious modern woman of her time to endorse what no one could then know would become the predominant model for modern freedom. Some may hesitate to call As tell a feminist, but no other term will suffice for one who so strongly voiced her objections to customary rights that debased the equality of women and who so strongly affirmed avision in which women were the equals of men in their ability to rise above the narrow constraints of property in defining the principle values of human life.
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This essay examines Korean female writer Woon-youngChun`s short story collection Needle (2001), in which Chunpredominantly figures the female body as one that is riddled with monstrosity. Chun`s tribe of monstrous women also demonstrates astreak of violence and aggression; their freakish appetites for meat and for sex are also chilling common denominators. Chun`s depiction of her female characters easily piques the interest of those who are invested in exploring the literary representation of female bodies. Chun, in her emphasis of monstrous women, seemingly veers away from a feminist discourse aiming to destabilize a gender-biased view of femininity as a “handicap,” an inferior version of masculinity. Rather than elaborate on the transgressive potential inherent in the monstrosity of her heroines, Chun presents us with an alternative: the vegetarian woman whose hyper femininity begets a kind of reconciliation between the two genders. While I do not deny the possibility that Chun aims to deconstruct the conventional definition of monstrosity and to critique it as a state of female marginality in contemporary Korean society, I submit that Chun`s portrayal of deformed and grotesque women in Needle begs further investigation. Even though there may be some empowering aspects to figuring the female body as that of an aggressive monster, this essay examine show such representation may reinforce the subaltern status of women in contemporary Korean society.
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This paper explores Margaret Fuller`s treatment of the ‘Woman Question’ through an analysis of her feminist manifesto, Woman in the Nineteenth Century (1845), in conjunction with other writings such as Autobiographical Romance and her 1844 poetry. The period in which Fuller lived was largely characterized by two competing positions on the “Woman Question” - woman as separate, distinct nature as opposed to that as woman as a free human being on an equal level with man. I examine how Fuller incorporates and reshapes these two opposing arguments about the nature of women to revise and transform existing gender relations. Fuller wants women both to claim equal opportunities with men and at the same time to discover their special powers as women. First, I discuss how Fuller`s concept of androgynous soul asserts for fundamental equality of men and women, thereby dismantling rigid gender stereotypes. Second, I analyze how Fuller appropriates conventional notions of the feminine as essentially different from men to reconstruct a powerful female selfhood, as evident in her feminist mythmaking of various classical pagan goddesses. Overall, Iconclude that Fuller`s skillful appropriation of sexual discourses allows her to subvert and redefine patriarchal values and ideologies to some extent.

Khora: The Re-exploration of the Feminine in Auden`s The Shield of Achilles and Homage to Clio

박정필 ( Jung Pil Park )
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After the two apocalyptic world wars Auden`s contemplation of history results in the unequivocal recognition of the fundamental depravity and instability of human civilization, which, Auden diagnoses, is caused by the abuse of the masculine principle as no detached action unaware of spacing and contemplation. While seeking new alternative perspectives for the restoration of civilization, Auden keenly feels the necessity of the reexamination of the feminine principle. As he reinterprets the passivity of the feminine principle, he pays attention to the securing of dissociation, a trait that is analogous to the notion of Plato`s khora or Derrida`s reappropriationof khora. Khora as a receptacle receives all sorts of imprints, and thusis deeply affected by the intense impressions, but in another sense, itis safe to say that it evades the impact, because it is an amorphous matrix. That is to say, khora locates a paradoxical position in which itnot only embraces severe strikes, but also avoids the burden of the inscriptions. Similarly, Auden`s feminism highlights the new possibilities that the feminine principle affords including the productivity of passivity or inaction. Of course, Auden does not ignore the tormented history of the feminine, particularly lamenting over the deprivation of bucolics. But by unearthing the new traits from the feminine, he strains to sublimate the passivity into new possibilities including diffidence, reservation, contemplation, and intervention. With the detection of a layer of spacing between the impression and the receiving matrix, the receiving agents can take on immune resistance or distanced indifference against the inscriptions including aggression and violence. In addition, by securing more detachment from incidents, the feminine passivity exercises more influential power including the peculiar intervention in diverse occurrences. Thus, the feminine principle eventually demonstrates its maximum efficiency as the key initiative in the future. Auden links the paradoxical duplicity of dissociated creativity to Christian mysticism, which underlines the disconnection from secular life and reconstruction of it from the perspective that the disengagement provides, redolent of the notion of khora, and transposable with Christian feminism.

Malabou, Catherine. Changing Difference, Trans. Carolyn Shread (Cambridge: Polity, 2011)

한광택 ( Kwang Taek Han )
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