Origins of Modern Feminism and Literature

The truism that modern feminism is rooted in Mary Wollstonecraft's 1792 Vindication of the Rights of Women requires some qualification. It was contemporary with the sea change wrought by the American and French Revolutions and arguably an exercise in the discourse of social revolution on that account, but if it is modern feminism's first manifesto it is also rather different from modern feminism in sensibility and emphasis. For it was also contemporary with nascent Romanticism, which was as much metaphysical and aesthetic, or as it were engaged by "new possibilities in poetic expression" (Weigel, 1986, p. 67) as practical in outlook. The quest for woman's suffrage that, in the United States, began with the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention and the Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, stated that "the same basic and inalienable rights . . . won by the French and American Revolutions should also be applied to women" (Martin, 1972, p. 42). Its orientation was practical, resulting in woman's suffrage in 1920--the culmination of what is often called feminism's "first wave" (e.g., Hoffman, 1981).

Subsequent "waves" of feminism have been problematized in contemporary discourse. However, certain key signposts can be identified. Virginia Woolf's 1929 lecture/screed A Room of One's Own is undoubtedly influential in its focus on the social differentials that accrue to men and women and its explanation for the absence of a significantly canonical female literary tradition. It belongs t



Related Essays

Women in the Sciences Twenty years after the surge of modern feminism brought a growing number of women into the influential and high-status .... Women in the Origins of Modern Science .... (1575 6 )

Impact of Women's Movement on Teaching .... To this end, the origins of women's .... modern languages, sewing, music, literature, history, and .... of the twentieth century, modern feminism nevertheless maintains .... (10148 41 )

Ecofeminism and Animal Rights .... how the mechanistic world view of modern science has .... However, feminism was not a monolithic philosophy or movement .... It has its origins in both philosophy and .... (2029 8 )

Mass Culture & Gender .... Situation comedy, feminism, and Freud. .... Lerner (1986) presents a readable and fascinating probe into the origins of women's status in modern society. .... (6351 25 )

Depiction of Goddesses .... and emphasis that vary directly with ethnographical origins. .... of the insights of Christian feminism is said .... of women's spiritual experience in modern culture. .... (3469 14 )

Category: Philosophy - O
Common Topics
Click Here to Get Instant Access to over 32,000 Professionally Written Papers!!!
Join Now  
Saved Papers  
Save your essays here so you can locate them quickly!
"Thank you for making such a high quality site! Your papers are the best I have seen around"
Debbie B.
"Your site was very helpful and gave me the details I needed in order to complete my essay!!!"
Mike F.
"This site is an excellent vehicle for quick referrences. Thanks a bunch!"
Carla T.
"Great site, I got a lot of new ideas I would have never thought of before."
Nate A.
"I love this site!!!"
Marie H.
Copyright © 2007 - 2014 Lots of Essays. All Rights Reserved. DMCA