Dancing Through the Minefield: Some Observations on the Theory, Method, and Politics in Feminist Literary Criticism: Annette Kolodny: “Dancing Through the. Annette Kolodny quotes. Quote:”Dancing through the Minefield: Some Observations on the Theory, Practice, and Politics of a Feminist Literary Criticism” . Dancing Through the Minefield: Some Observations on the Theory, Practice, and Politics of a Feminist Annette Kolodny – – Feminist Studies 14 (3)

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They dreamed, more modestly, of locating a home and a familial human community within a cultivated garden. Kolodny emphasizes Social constructionism in this essay, although she herself never uses the term.

Milena Kostic koolodny – Facta Universitatis 4 1: Book two, “From Promotion to Literature, —”, follows attempts to encourage women to move westward by male writers to western narratives by the women themselves. But neither is the text pure; it is also moulded by social relations and customs.

She retired from the University of Arizona in July and has continued an active professional life as a consultant in higher education policy issues and as a scholar of American literature and culture. Learning how to interpret such as interpretive paradigms or reading techniques a dahcing text lead us to better understanding of the text, therefore, this will move us to pleasure.

In any case, here we go. What makes any text exciting is when the text gives us the ability to relearn and refine it. When we learn how to interpret or read any certain text by learning interpretive paradigms and reading techniques, we will understand the text and what the author wants to represent.


New Feminist Criticismpp. This misunderstanding also depend on the differences between us such as knowledge, believes, points of view, as well as the difference between times. Retrieved from ” https: Literary history is a fiction. Literary histories define the major, minor, and ignored texts according to their own social values and conventions, not out of any inherent aesthetic value on the text itself.

Sometimes, because of our reading habits, our reading become fixed which means that our expectations later on will be the same specially when we read works which follow the work which we read it first. Like their husbands and fathers, women too shared in economic motives thorugh emigration ; and like the men, women also dreamed of transforming the wilderness.

ENGL PAB#1: On Annette Kolodny, “Dancing through the Minefield” | A. Lorean Hartness

First, she writes, “literary history…is a fiction. I find it difficult to create a summary of this excerpt; I found so much that was enjoyable and noteworthy in it that I fear my summary may be longer than the excerpt itself.

Over the course of her scholarly career, Kolodny has received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship, and others.

Since the grounds upon which we assign aesthetic value to texts are never infallible, unchangeable, or universal, we must reexamine not only our aesthetics but, as well, the inherent biases and assumptions informing the critical methods which in part shape our aesthetic responses. What we need to understand in any literary history, we have to learn from the past in order to understand the present.


Our observation and evaluation of any work of art should depend on how we create or reshape our sense of the past. Annette Kolodny – – Critical Inquiry 8 2: Our understanding of the meaning of any text is a result of our needs and desires as well as our predisposition.

Male writers will be better readers if they read works written by women. We have to establish new norms of evaluation of our works kolorny art by developing our critical methods of evaluation which we used before.

Deconstruction, Thruogh Criticism and Cannon Deformation. Her other writings examine some aspects of feminism after the s; the revision of dominant themes in American studies ; and the problems faced by women and minorities in the American academy.

ENGL 810: PAB#1: On Annette Kolodny, “Dancing through the Minefield”

I chose this article by Kolodny because it marks a specific thrpugh in the history from which I can build in writing my essay. Dancing Between Left and Right: Because of our changed assumption, circumstances, and requirements, we get different meanings and different interpretations even if we read the same text different times. Reblogged this on honestlyrefreshing and commented: But the emphases were different…Avoiding for a time male assertions of a rediscovered Edenwomen claimed the frontiers as kolodmy potential sanctuary for an idealized domesticity.

Kolodny is also well known for two essays published in