“This Living Hand”: Thirteenth-Century Female Literacy, Materialist Immanence, and the Reader of the Ancrene eth Robertson – – Speculum. Judith Fetterley, The Resisting Reader: a Feminist Approach to American. Fiction (Bloomington and London: Indiana University Press, , X). Pp. xxvi. Judith Fetterley (born ) is a literary scholar known for her work in feminism and women’s Calling on women readers to intervene, to resist this hailing, Fetterley calls feminist criticism a political act to “to make available to consciousness.

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I did find a copy, at the woman-centered college here in town, which makes sense, but the book doesn’t quite do what I’d long hoped– I wanted a manual on how to become the resisting reader, what strategies were at work, how you located those nodes from which to resist and read against the grain, what stories were in fact told when you read the book this way.

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Amy rated it really liked it Jun 20, Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Lists with This Book. Judith Fetterley takes up a series of classic nineteenth and twentieth-century texts to demonstrate that “American literature is male,” that “the experience of being American is equated with the experience of being male,” and that “in such fictions the female reader is co-opted into participation in an experience from which she is explicitly excluded” p.

Jun 09, Jessica Maginity rated it liked it Shelves: This was a very nice palate cleanser after a book of pretty sexist critics on Ulysses and Jucith I have to read this and write a reading log on it and it pisses me off because all of it is just wrong.


Account Options Sign in. To ask other readers questions about The Resisting Readerplease sign up. I think I’m pretty sympathetic to reading these canonical works as expressing some pretty retrograde views on gender, and even being built on such ideas.

I hope to continue re-reading this book. Catherine Kyle rated it really liked it Apr 24, Eudora Welty stories, with black women and white women struggling through segragation, lost love or illness Fetterley shrewdly diagnoses the main difficulty in interpreting Mailer, which is that “it is impossible to determine to what degree lhis fetishism about being male!

Instead, it’s a collection of resistant readings, which I think means that Fetterley first exposes the patriarchal politics that are the thematic content of these canonical works, and then shows the ways in which these patriarchal politics distort the reality of lived existence.

That’s why The Awakening by Kate Chopin’s protagonist woman has trouble and conflict showing her sexuality to other men This one I’ve been meaning to read since I read the introduction in Mary Ann Wilson’s feminist theory class a decade ago, and I could never since understand why I couldn’t find a copy, since it seemed like a really novel approach, a specifically gender centered take on reader-response.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Selected pages Title Page. Raisu rated it liked it Jan 31, There are places here where this is a progressive scheme tied to history, as in the willingness to acknowledge the truth about women’s oppression increases the closer we get to the present day, at least more or less, with the short stories. To read the canon of what is currently considered classic American literature is perforce to identify as male.


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The Resisting Reader: A Feminist Approach to American Fiction

She was influential in leading a reappraisal of women’s fettwrley of the 19th and 20th centuries, and the contributions of women writing about women’s experience, including their perspectives on men in the world. Marla rated it liked it Jun 26, Open Preview See a Problem? Trivia About The Resisting Rea It’s a perfect historical intervention, and I think Fetterley uses it well– it makes the rest of the chapter a little bit of a letdown, after that early strike.

In Faulkner’s “A Rose for Readee she argues that “men’s attitudes toward women turn readsr upon themselves; it is a demonstration of the thesis that it is impossible to oppress without in turn being oppressed, it is impossible to kill without creating the conditions for your own murder.

Judith Fetterley

Why I Live at the P. In other words, I think that’s almost a model chapter of what a really self-aware political feminist critic can do.

Contact Contact Us Help. Of these, the chapters on Mailer and James seem to me best. It insists on its universality at the same time that it defines that universality in specifically male terms. Elaborating on Fiedlerian premises, Fetterley has written a sophisticated, textual Iy responsive, radical feminist study that details the American dream jjudith escaping the power of women, from the sleep of Rip Van Winkle to the waking nightmare of Stephen Rojack.