November 24, 2012
Feminist Criticism and the oversimplification of roles.
ecriture feminine is defined by the Bedford Glossary as a way of writing that is purely feminine. That is an oversimplification but it means that women tend to write in a style that is entirely their own. "According to Kristeva, feminine language is derived from the preoedipal period of fusion between mother and child, the period during which children do not recognize that they are separate from their mothers." (172) This was interesting for me because I have trouble understanding how they could simply put "feminine" and "masculine" writing into two different categories. I thought this was troublesome for our time now because our understanding of human sexuality is very different now. We have transgendered people and even those who are male/ female physically but feel they were born into the wrong body. This would seem to throw the entire idea of feminine writing into chaos. How would people who prescribe to other labels find their writing? Is there a way to track the differences?