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Like Tania Modleski, I believe, instead, that those who are "proclaiming or assuming the advent of postfeminism, are actually engaged in negating the critiques and undermining the goals of feminismin effect, delivering us back into a prefeminist world" (3). . . Yet the male critic's confusion here, of feminism with feminization, may belie the authors' major claimthat feminist criticism in becoming absorbed into the academy has lost its ability to threaten the male literary establishment. (3) ReReading Women could also be described as radical dialogizing: as Bakhtin says, "[D]ialogizing opens up fresh aspects" of utterances/texts, which then "become more immediate to perception" (789).
Is both dangerous and false" (285). Moreover, in "1920, when women won the right to vote, 26 percent of the full-time faculty in American higher education were women. " (West 26). Destabilizing rereadings. Therefore, rather than celebrate the minimal handouts of the academy to women and minoritiesand of the culture that nurtures and supports the academy's continuing repression and oppression of the Other, this book will perform a series of destabilizing rereadings of the rather pitiful state of affairs at the close of the twentieth century.
14-15) The male self-legitimizing, yet un(self)conscious, cultural tendency toward Othering, I argue, has also determined the scholarship on The Scarlet Letter, including the critical relationships to Hester Prynne and the (conscious or unconscious) exclusion of women's scholarship. One of the ways such Othering has been manifested (has been projected onto women) is in what I call "Hester-Prynne-ism," the continuously and relentlessly functioning cultural dichotomy of the good-woman vs. the bad-(but desirable)-woman-who-needs-instruction-or-punishment.