An Introduction to Feminist Literary Theory
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Dr. Anita Chi-Kwan Lee has an interdisciplinary background in both her work and studies, which cover several disciplines that range from English language and literature, literary and cultural theory, film and visual arts media, gender and sexuality to both qualitative and quantitative research. Her PhD thesis was an intertextual and psychoanalytic analysis on the works of Virginia Woolf. Anita very much enjoys crossing over disciplines, teaching across curricula, and collaborating with faculty both within and outside campus.
While Anita has taught gender and queer theory courses at both HKU and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, she has also taught various English literature courses since 2006 at HKU’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPACE), and media appreciation courses at both the Hong Kong Baptist University and the Hong Kong Arts Centre. Being both an academic researcher and media industry practitioner, her professional experience in the media was previously gained in service with the Radio Television Hong Kong, Television Broadcasts Limited, and Edko Films Ltd., in their different departments of production, programme, and film advertising and promotion.
What is feminist literary theory? Why is it important to the study of literature? This course aims to introduce some of the rudiments of feminist literary theory, its development, and application to criticism. To facilitate discussion of the theories by various feminists and thinkers, relevant literary texts will be studied and examined with a focus on their impact and legacy.
1. The “Waves” of Feminism. Feminism and gender as issues in literature
• Feminism in the modern period: Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women
• Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex (excerpts)
• Second Wave: Betty Friedan, “The Problem with No Name”
• Third Wave: Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth (excerpts)
• Gilber and Gubar, “The Madwoman in the Attic”
2. Virginia Woolf and her legacy
• A Room of One’s Own, Three Guineas, Orlando
• Gender performativity
3. French Feminism
• Michel Foucault, Herculine Barbin
• Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex (excerpts)
• Julia Kristeva and the semiotic (or pre-oedipal)
4. French Feminism continued:
• Luce Irigaray, “This Sex Which Is Not One”
• Monique Wittig, “One Is Not Born A Woman”
• Hélène Cixous and écriture féminine
5. Feminist Critique of Psychoanalysis
• The Freudian Riddle of Femininity
• Lacanian theory
• Nancy Chodorow; Jessica Benjamin; Judith Butler
6. Literary texts in the Second and Third Waves of Feminism
• Ann Koedt, “The Myth of Vaginal Orgasm”
• Germaine Greer, “The Wicked Womb”
• Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues
• Judith Halberstam, “An Introduction to Female Masculinity”
Bachelor degree graduates, preferably in the humanities
August 16, 23, 30; September 6, 13, 20 2020
|Start Date||16 Aug 2020 (Sun)|
|Time||2:30 - 5:30 pm|
|Venue||Hong Kong side (To be confirmed)|
- 6 session(s)
- 3 hours per session
- Dr Anita CK Lee, BSocSc HKBU; MA, PhD HKU
Bachelor degree graduates or at least final year senior students; English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5
- Course Fee : HK$3,600
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