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TOWARDS A POETICS OF SELFREPRESENTATION:

ANNE BRADSTREET,
EMILY DICKINSON AND SYLVIA PLATH
M ARA A NTONIA LJVER AND MTREIA ThENCHS

Universidad Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona


The qucstion whether women are and have been able to express their own
subjectivity through language has been the cause of much debate amongst feminist
critics. They ha ve undermined the notion that women 's nature is to account for women 's
social and literary constraints and have described the cultural forces that account for
women 's linguistic oppression and expression . As members of a culture, women make
use of the same linguistic resources as men. However, such use may be different when
they feel or consciously realize that the existing dominan! uses of such resources fail to
express their subjectivity.
Chris Weedon, Julia Kristeva and Iris Zavala, amongst many others, have
appropriated the post-structuralist notion that meaning, though unfixed, is always
culturally constructed. They have thus challenged the linguistic determinism of previous
critics and in tum produced non- essentialist theories of subjectivity and sex.uality.
According to their new mode of criticism, feminine difference in language involves
any kind of resistance- through ambiguity, contradiction or transgression- to the general
consensual meanings that prevent the ex.pression of a given female consciousness.

TOWARDS A
POETICS OF SELFREPRESENTATION:
ANNE BRADSTREET,
EMILY DICKINSON AND SYLVIA PLATH
Such consideration has its philosophical origin in the concept of language as

M ARA A NTONIA LJVER AND MTREIA ThENCHS

Universidad Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona


The qucstion whether women are and have been able to express their own
subjectivity through language has been the cause of much debate amongst feminist
critics. They ha ve undermined the notion that women 's nature is to account for women 's
social and literary constraints and have described the cultural forces that account for
women 's linguistic oppression and expression . As members of a culture, women make
use of the same linguistic resources as men. However, such use may be different when
they feel or consciously realize that the existing dominan! uses of such resources fail to
express their subjectivity.
Chris Weedon, Julia Kristeva and Iris Zavala, amongst many others, have
appropriated the post-structuralist notion that meaning, though unfixed, is always
culturally constructed. They have thus challenged the linguistic determinism of previous
critics and in tum produced non- essentialist theories of subjectivity and sex.uality.
According to their new mode of criticism, feminine difference in language involves
any kind of resistance- through ambiguity, contradiction or transgression- to the general
consensual meanings that prevent the ex.pression of a given female consciousness.

TOWARDS A
POETICS OF SELFREPRESENTATION:
ANNE BRADSTREET,
EMILY DICKINSON AND SYLVIA PLATH
Such consideration has its philosophical origin in the concept of language as

M ARA A NTONIA LJVER AND MTREIA ThENCHS

Universidad Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona


The qucstion whether women are and have been able to express their own
subjectivity through language has been the cause of much debate amongst feminist
critics. They ha ve undermined the notion that women 's nature is to account for women 's
social and literary constraints and have described the cultural forces that account for
women 's linguistic oppression and expression . As members of a culture, women make
use of the same linguistic resources as men. However, such use may be different when
they feel or consciously realize that the existing dominan! uses of such resources fail to
express their subjectivity.
Chris Weedon, Julia Kristeva and Iris Zavala, amongst many others, have
appropriated the post-structuralist notion that meaning, though unfixed, is always

culturally constructed. They have thus challenged the linguistic determinism of previous
critics and in tum produced non- essentialist theories of subjectivity and sex.uality.
According to their new mode of criticism, feminine difference in language involves
any kind of resistance- through ambiguity, contradiction or transgression- to the general
consensual meanings that prevent the ex.pression of a given female consciousness.

TOWARDS A
POETICS OF SELFREPRESENTATION:
ANNE BRADSTREET,
EMILY DICKINSON AND SYLVIA PLATH
Such consideration has its philosophical origin in the concept of language as

M ARA A NTONIA LJVER AND MTREIA ThENCHS

Universidad Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona


The qucstion whether women are and have been able to express their own
subjectivity through language has been the cause of much debate amongst feminist
critics. They ha ve undermined the notion that women 's nature is to account for women 's
social and literary constraints and have described the cultural forces that account for
women 's linguistic oppression and expression . As members of a culture, women make
use of the same linguistic resources as men. However, such use may be different when
they feel or consciously realize that the existing dominan! uses of such resources fail to
express their subjectivity.
Chris Weedon, Julia Kristeva and Iris Zavala, amongst many others, have
appropriated the post-structuralist notion that meaning, though unfixed, is always
culturally constructed. They have thus challenged the linguistic determinism of previous
critics and in tum produced non- essentialist theories of subjectivity and sex.uality.
According to their new mode of criticism, feminine difference in language involves
any kind of resistance- through ambiguity, contradiction or transgression- to the general
consensual meanings that prevent the ex.pression of a given female consciousness.

TOWARDS A
POETICS OF SELFREPRESENTATION:
ANNE BRADSTREET,
EMILY DICKINSON AND SYLVIA PLATH
Such consideration has its philosophical origin in the concept of language as

M ARA A NTONIA LJVER AND MTREIA ThENCHS

Universidad Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona


The qucstion whether women are and have been able to express their own
subjectivity through language has been the cause of much debate amongst feminist
critics. They ha ve undermined the notion that women 's nature is to account for women 's
social and literary constraints and have described the cultural forces that account for
women 's linguistic oppression and expression . As members of a culture, women make
use of the same linguistic resources as men. However, such use may be different when
they feel or consciously realize that the existing dominan! uses of such resources fail to
express their subjectivity.
Chris Weedon, Julia Kristeva and Iris Zavala, amongst many others, have
appropriated the post-structuralist notion that meaning, though unfixed, is always
culturally constructed. They have thus challenged the linguistic determinism of previous
critics and in tum produced non- essentialist theories of subjectivity and sex.uality.
According to their new mode of criticism, feminine difference in language involves
any kind of resistance- through ambiguity, contradiction or transgression- to the general
consensual meanings that prevent the ex.pression of a given female consciousness.

TOWARDS A
POETICS OF SELFREPRESENTATION:
ANNE BRADSTREET,
EMILY DICKINSON AND SYLVIA PLATH
Such consideration has its philosophical origin in the concept of language as

M ARA A NTONIA LJVER AND MTREIA ThENCHS

Universidad Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona


The qucstion whether women are and have been able to express their own
subjectivity through language has been the cause of much debate amongst feminist
critics. They ha ve undermined the notion that women 's nature is to account for women 's

social and literary constraints and have described the cultural forces that account for
women 's linguistic oppression and expression . As members of a culture, women make
use of the same linguistic resources as men. However, such use may be different when
they feel or consciously realize that the existing dominan! uses of such resources fail to
express their subjectivity.
Chris Weedon, Julia Kristeva and Iris Zavala, amongst many others, have
appropriated the post-structuralist notion that meaning, though unfixed, is always
culturally constructed. They have thus challenged the linguistic determinism of previous
critics and in tum produced non- essentialist theories of subjectivity and sex.uality.
According to their new mode of criticism, feminine difference in language involves
any kind of resistance- through ambiguity, contradiction or transgression- to the general
consensual meanings that prevent the ex.pression of a given female consciousness.

TOWARDS A
POETICS OF SELFREPRESENTATION:
ANNE BRADSTREET,
EMILY DICKINSON AND SYLVIA PLATH
Such consideration has its philosophical origin in the concept of language as

M ARA A NTONIA LJVER AND MTREIA ThENCHS

Universidad Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona


The qucstion whether women are and have been able to express their own
subjectivity through language has been the cause of much debate amongst feminist
critics. They ha ve undermined the notion that women 's nature is to account for women 's
social and literary constraints and have described the cultural forces that account for
women 's linguistic oppression and expression . As members of a culture, women make
use of the same linguistic resources as men. However, such use may be different when
they feel or consciously realize that the existing dominan! uses of such resources fail to
express their subjectivity.
Chris Weedon, Julia Kristeva and Iris Zavala, amongst many others, have
appropriated the post-structuralist notion that meaning, though unfixed, is always
culturally constructed. They have thus challenged the linguistic determinism of previous
critics and in tum produced non- essentialist theories of subjectivity and sex.uality.
According to their new mode of criticism, feminine difference in language involves
any kind of resistance- through ambiguity, contradiction or transgression- to the general
consensual meanings that prevent the ex.pression of a given female consciousness.

TOWARDS A
POETICS OF SELFREPRESENTATION:
ANNE BRADSTREET,
EMILY DICKINSON AND SYLVIA PLATH
Such consideration has its philosophical origin in the concept of language as

M ARA A NTONIA LJVER AND MTREIA ThENCHS

Universidad Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona


The qucstion whether women are and have been able to express their own
subjectivity through language has been the cause of much debate amongst feminist
critics. They ha ve undermined the notion that women 's nature is to account for women 's
social and literary constraints and have described the cultural forces that account for
women 's linguistic oppression and expression . As members of a culture, women make
use of the same linguistic resources as men. However, such use may be different when
they feel or consciously realize that the existing dominan! uses of such resources fail to
express their subjectivity.
Chris Weedon, Julia Kristeva and Iris Zavala, amongst many others, have
appropriated the post-structuralist notion that meaning, though unfixed, is always
culturally constructed. They have thus challenged the linguistic determinism of previous
critics and in tum produced non- essentialist theories of subjectivity and sex.uality.
According to their new mode of criticism, feminine difference in language involves
any kind of resistance- through ambiguity, contradiction or transgression- to the general
consensual meanings that prevent the ex.pression of a given female consciousness.

TOWARDS A
POETICS OF SELFREPRESENTATION:
ANNE BRADSTREET,
Such consideration has its philosophical origin in the concept of language as

EMILY DICKINSON AND SYLVIA PLATH


M ARA A NTONIA LJVER AND MTREIA ThENCHS

Universidad Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona


The qucstion whether women are and have been able to express their own
subjectivity through language has been the cause of much debate amongst feminist
critics. They ha ve undermined the notion that women 's nature is to account for women 's
social and literary constraints and have described the cultural forces that account for
women 's linguistic oppression and expression . As members of a culture, women make
use of the same linguistic resources as men. However, such use may be different when
they feel or consciously realize that the existing dominan! uses of such resources fail to
express their subjectivity.
Chris Weedon, Julia Kristeva and Iris Zavala, amongst many others, have
appropriated the post-structuralist notion that meaning, though unfixed, is always
culturally constructed. They have thus challenged the linguistic determinism of previous
critics and in tum produced non- essentialist theories of subjectivity and sex.uality.
According to their new mode of criticism, feminine difference in language involves
any kind of resistance- through ambiguity, contradiction or transgression- to the general
consensual meanings that prevent the ex.pression of a given female consciousness.
Such consideration has its philosophical origin in the concept of language as