Gender Matters - Sara Mills

Gender Matters - Sara Mills

3. Sexism and poetry

Gender Matters - Sara Mills

Sara Mills [+-]
Sheffield Hallam University
Sara Mills is a Research Professor in Linguistics at Sheffield Hallam University. Her most recent publications include Gender and Colonial Space (2005, Manchester University Press), Michel Foucault (Critical Thinkers Series, 2003, Routledge), Feminist Post-Colonial Theory: An Anthology (edited with Reina Lewis, 2003, Edinburgh University Press) and Gender and Politeness (2003, Cambridge University Press).


This essay attempts to develop a Marxist feminist contextualised stylistics. For this purpose I shall be drawing on the distinctly unfashionable work of Louis Althusser, a Marxist literary theorist, together with feminist stylistics and literary theory (Althusser, 1984; see also Burton, 1982; Threadgold 1988a,b). It may be argued that the combination of Marxism, feminism and stylistics is indeed a heady brew, but it is a necessary combination in order to overcome some of the problems encountered both in traditional stylistic analysis and in Marxist analyses. These theoretical positions can be combined to produce an analysis which is theoretically rigorous, and which at the same time, enables the reader to a engage with a text.

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Mills, Sara. 3. Sexism and poetry. Gender Matters. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 55 - 77 Feb 2012. ISBN 9781845534967. Date accessed: 08 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19765. Feb 2012

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