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"Feminism and the Politics of Reading" is the first major work to theorize the processes and practices of reading within a gendered context. Looking at what it is to be a self-conscious "feminist reader", and at what happens when that feminism is "off-duty", Lynne Pearce explores the complex personal and political implications of what we do every time we read. Engaging with a wide range of literary and visual texts, and including a cross-national case-study of five groups of feminist readers, this book breaks important new ground both in terms of its theoretical conclusions and its critical approach. It moves from questioning the power of feminist readers of male-authored texts, and examining how women are defined by contemporary feminist writers, towards a new understanding of the fully interdependent, but highly volatile, relationship between reader and text. What emerges is a new theory of reading which resists ideal scenarios in favour of the chaos and the confusion, the pleasure and the

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
English literature -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Feminism and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
English literature -- Women authors -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Women -- Books and reading -- Political aspects.
Reader-response criticism.
Feminism and literature.
Women and literature.
Authors and readers.