||[Oct. 16th, 2004|11:07 pm]
"(...) Doris Lessing's professor Bloodrot in The Golden Notebook lectures confidently on orgasm in the female swan; as Bloodrot proceeds, the women in the audience rise one by one and leave. What women have found hard to take in such male characters is their self-deception, their pretense to objectivity, their emotion parading as reason."
Toward a Feminist Poetics, Elaine Showalter, in The New Feminist Criticism, Elaine Showalter eds., Virago Press. (lots of essays published in the 80s about the feminist approach to literature)