I am an English Literature student at Exeter University, and have always had a passion and love for writing and reading; I hope this will be evident in my tutorials, and I can make my students realise why English Literature is such an interesting and inspiring subject.
I am outgoing and creative, and have previous tutor and mentor experience in English Literature, Sociology and History at GCSE level. I have had the pleasure of teaching a range of abilities and levels, and understand that some subjects or some topics within them are hard to grasp. That's fine, I am here to help!
During the session, you will guide what we cover. I will go through the basics of what you want to cover, before delving into more detail and spending time accordingly on each area. If you want to spend more time on certain topics, thats no problem! We'll go through concepts and ideas until you are confident enough that you can explain it yourself.
I hope the sessions will be fun! A lot can be achieved in an hour, especially if it is made interesting - English is fascinating and hopefully, if you came here disbeliving this, I can show you otherwise!
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Bernadette (Parent) May 26 2016
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Difference feminism: Emphasizes women’s difference/uniqueness and traditionally “feminine” characteristics; argues that more value should be placed on these qualities.
Difference Feminists see women as all being separate homogenous groups. This means that they argue that working class and middle class women, white and black women, heterosexual and lesbian women will all have different views and experiences of society, be it patriarchy, homophobia, racism or capitalism.
Key arguments (against other feminists):
§ The main argument of difference feminists is that other feminists fail to take into account the different levels of oppression according to ethnic group.
§ They focus too much on difference and ignore the similarities of women when facing oppression.
Carol Gilligan is a difference feminist who believes in a psychological difference between men and women. She believes that men think more about justice and women think more about relationships, and she wants both to be viewed as equal in western society.
Liberal feminism: Focuses on working within institutions to gain equality for women (e.g., the vote, equal protection under the law) but does not focus on changing the entire institution (e.g., doing away with government). They primarily focus on women’s ability to show and maintain their equality through their own actions and choices and they are often at odds with radical feminism.
§ The way to achieve equality is to change law, not through the use of violence
§ They want a cultural change so there are no stereotypes (equal pay act and employment law changes)
§ They believe that men are wrong when they say that there are biological difference between them and women that make them more competent. Liberal feminists believe that it is a culturally constructed view.
§ Ann Oakley (1972) distinguished the difference between gender and sex. Sex is a biological difference; gender is socially constructed
§ They hold the Optimistic Theory: we are gradually leading to more rational views about gender; there should be political action to introduce discriminatory laws and, if this is achieved, we will have a fairer society where people are no longer judged on their gender
§ Liberal feminists criticise Functionalists for they dislike that they distinguish between different roles (i.e. Males have the instrumental role and are the breadwinner and females have the expressive role and perform domestic tasks. This breeds unequal conjugal roles)
§ Marxist Feminists say that Liberal Feminists ignore Capitalism
§ Radical Feminists say that they are not pushing hard enough for reformation
Marxist/socialist feminism: Attributes women’s oppression to a capitalist economy and the private property system (blames classism for women’s oppression rather than sexism). Argues that capitalism must be overthrown if the oppression of women is to end. Draws parallels between women and “workers” and emphasizes collective change rather than individual change. Alienation happens because women are segregated in the home and men have more opportunity and experience, which breeds unhappiness in women.
Views on family:
§ Male dominance is the result of class division between men who own property (bourgeoisie) and women who do not (proletariat)
§ If wives are to become emancipated from their husbands, they must gain financial stability first and become economically independent
Views on labour:
§ Believe that women workers are exploited more than men
§ They desire domestic tasks to be viewed as work
§ Some believe domestic labour should be socialised
§ They have the Wages-For-Housework campaign
§ Not much support
§ Too narrow minded
§ Ignores phallic power
Radical feminism: Cutting-edge branch of feminism focused on sweeping social reforms, social change, and revolution. Argues against institutions like patriarchy, heterosexism, and racism and instead emphasizes gender as a social construction, denouncing biological roots of gender difference. Often paves the way for other branches of feminism.
They emphasize the patriarchal roots between men and women and the social dominance of men. They view patriarchy as dividing rights, privileges and power primarily by gender and, as a result, women are oppressed and men are privileged.
They imply that the institutions of male rule are privilege depend on the subordination of women. Men control property and families, oppressing women. They want a major reform in society so that gender roles and patriarchy do not exist.
Three solutions to free women:
§ Separatism: men oppress women at home. Women should live alone and create a new culture of female independence
§ Consciousness raising: raise problems in women-only groups which can result in collective action (e.g. marches)
§ Political lesbianism: heterosexual relationships are oppressive as you are ‘sleeping with the enemy’ so lesbian relationships are advocatedsee more
Rediscover texts written by women
Revalue women’s experiences
Examine representations of women in literature by both men and women
Challenge stereotypical representations of women
Examine power relations with a view to breaking them down and showing the extent of patriarchy
Recognise the role of language in making what is social and constructed seem ‘natural’
Raise question of whether men and women are different because of biology or whether they are socially constructed as different
Explore the question of a possible female language and if men also have access to this
Make clear the ideological base o supposedly ‘neutral’ or ‘mainstream’ literary interpretationssee more
Separately analyse covert and overt content of literary work, linking covert subject matter to basic Marxist themes (e.g. class struggle) and the underlying message the literary work is therefore giving us
Relate the context of a work to the social class of the author (assuming that he/she is unaware of precisely what is being revealed in the text)
Explain the nature of a whole literary genre in terms of the social period which ‘produced it’ e.g. The Great Gatsby in relation to the booming 20’s, the crazy party lifestyle and the underworld of high society within the US at the time
Method known as cultural materialism where the literary work is related to the social assumptions of the time in which it was received
‘Politicisation of literary form’ claims that literary pieces are determined by political circumstances (e.g. Orwell’s 1984)see more