Role Of Feminism In Literature

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In this dissertation my objective is to discuss and explore the concept(s) of feminism and the negative connatations that are so frequently connected to it. I plan to focus on the stigma attached to feminism, and how this stigma developed in the first place. A brief history of feminism and a description of the seperate waves will be used as my opening, and will develop from there. I intend to combine the information and theories I have learnt in my English and Politics modules to validate my argument. I also want to explore the role of feminism throughout history,through the medium of poetry. A variety of female poets like Kate Chopin, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Adrienne Rich and Eavan Boland chronicle the issues and problems that so many women…show more content…
Throughout history,writing and poetry has served as a voice for women when their voices were so often deemed unimportant. The works of Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins Gilman show the utter oppression women felt and the themes of their work are often still relevant to women today. Similarly, Eavan Boland and Adrienne Rich give an updated account of what women today are faced…show more content…
To answer this question I want to draw attention to modern day Feminists. This question will give a contemporary slant to my research project. The women in the public eye who have openly identified and supported Feminism and its role in modern day society, such as, Lena Dunham, Ellen Page and Beyonce. They have suceeded in making Feminism a conversation topic for a younger generation and as a result are paving the way for a whole new era of Feminists. One of the reasons I was inspired to choose Feminism as my topic was because of the incredible speech Emma Watson gave to the UN at the start of the semester. I want to reference that speech and comment on the power it has had. Is the negativity surrounding Feminism lessening? What does Feminism mean to us today? This question will put a somewhat personal perspective on my dissertation, as before I started this course I didn't know what 'Feminism' actually meant. Simply, I had no idea of the true meaning, and had a very stereotypical second wave view of what a Feminist was. In the last few years, I think, that because Feminism has become more widely discussed we are gaining a clear and accurate definition of what it
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