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The Shrew and British Feminism
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0174  Friday, 23 January 2004

From:           Mary McNally <
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Date:           Thursday, 22 Jan 2004 12:34:56 +0000
Subject: 15.0153 The Shrew and British Feminism
Comment:        Re: SHK 15.0153 The Shrew and British Feminism

Your email interested me greatly as I have observed the same phenomenon
amongst many female students (young and 'mature') where I teach in the
University of Derby. I'm module leader for two courses which deal with
women writers (Woolf >>> Trezza Azzopardi) and another on female voices
in the Renaissance and students are paranoid about identifying
themselves as feminist. Having said that they all really enjoy these
classes and love the debates they engender; their written work and
presentations are similarly cogent. I have male students on these
modules too and they are more willing to say they are feminists. I think
it's mainly because (particularly) younger students would agree with all
that feminism stands for but they don't see that as linking up with how
they define the term.......Older students often tell the younger ones
that feminist ' values' really kick in (or don't) once women have
children. Finally, all of these students still say these gendered
modules are still necessary to have on the curriculum.....FASCINATING!

By the way Imelda Whelehan has written a lot on this subject; she's at
Leicester DMU, I think.

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