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Reviewing this book, Sara Lennox refers to the "chilly politeness or persistent antagonism" in many women's studies programs, and hopes that "vigorous debate conducted with sympathy, solidarity, and respect will become a vehicle to move feminists past the positions in which we are presently mired" (654).Her language forlornly invokes the ideal of sisterhood whose absence in practice is, I think, what feminist theory is all about.Even an old historicist, however, should not have imagined that feminist criticism might escape the sweeping attack launched on traditional academic literary criticism by theory.Yet, some of us doing feminist criticism in the 1970s did just that.We thought that since feminist criticism was already critical of traditional literary criticism, it would be exempted from theory's general dismissal of criticism as parochial, naive, and primitive.We also supposed that a specifically feminist theory would support rather than dismiss our work. High theory in general paid little attention to feminist criticism, leaving the job to feminist theory, which did not address the false universalism, misogyny and gender asymmetry of mainstream literary criticism so much as it anatomized the shortcomings of a specifically feminist criticism.I think of quarrelsomeness, rather, as an intrinsically human quality.
For women who gain access to art's inspiration through joining the community of sisters, and against the notion that women who struggle alone reinscribe Romantic images of male genius.
New Historicists believe that everything is complicit with everything else; history is what had to happen.
Old historicists like me believe that history is what didn't have to happen--but it did.
For, as Lennox observes, the subject of Conflicts in Feminism is not feminism in general but feminist theory--more precisely, feminist theory as elaborated mainly in the English departments of American colleges and universities.
I suppose therefore that feminist theory has defined itself as the study of feminist discord, and that its practice, while attempting to mediate that discord, must of necessity refer to and possibly also exacerbate it.
Feminist critics coming to voice in the 1970s were also alarmed by feminist theory's peculiar affinity for the misogynist psychoanalytic determinisms that we were implicitly or explicitly trying to discredit.