and Women's Writings
defining women's writin--four models:
1). Biological/Experiential, 2). Linguistic, 3) psychoanalytic, 4). Cultural
Gender Studies: Two kinds
1. the contrast in style and subject matter between masculine and
authorship--male, pen as penus
novel as a female genre; domestic fiction
feminine writing--more concerned with community, open ending;
associational logic; subjective
male--individualistic, closure, sequential, objective
four model of difference--the biological, linguistic, psychoanalytic,
the biological--the text is marked by the body
the linguistic--women spekaing men's language as a foreign tongue.
Women must use their own language, for if women continue to speak as men
do when they enter discourse, whatever they say will be subdued and alienated.
the psychoanalytic--Incorporating biology and linguistics, such
a model of sexual identity stresses feminine difference as absence of the
phallus--femaleness means remaining outside the closures of maleness.
the cultural--the female psyche as a construction of cultural forces
acknowledges class, racial, national and historical differences and determinants
among women but offers a collective experience that unites women over time