New Feminist Criticism: Art, Identity, Action

New Feminist Criticism: Art, Identity, Action

New Feminist Criticism: Art, Identity, Action

New Feminist Criticism: Art, Identity, Action

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New Feminist Criticism: Art, Identity, Action offers a wide range of feminist criticism sparked by ideas and events of the 1980s and early 1990s when presidential and administrative conservatism and social protest emphasized issues of art censorship, abortion rights, racial injustices, AIDS activism, ecology, homelessness, and unemployment. Some authors explore what female artists and critics want, their reasons for valuing feminism as an arena of stimulation, as a place of promise that still offers freedom from familial demands and imposed gender roles, and as an environment that is constantly schooling people in the challenge of differences in race, class, age, ethnicity, and gender. In some respects this new collection follows our previous anthology, Feminist Art Criticism, and it supplements considerations and critiques in the summer '91 Art Journal, guest-edited by Joanna Frueh and Arlene Raven.

Culture, language, identity, and ethics are themes that recur throughout the articles, and a common interest in feminism as a vehicle for intellectual investigation and adventure unites the writings, which differ in methodology. Some essays deliberately combine narrative forms, thereby offering fresh possibilities for writing criticism. Authors honor racial and social identities that characterize them and their experience as "other"--excluded in America--and they often present soul-searching encounters with self and others. In their revisionary approaches, writers . . .

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