The history of a female literary tradition can be described as the step-by-step liberation of writing from the male perspective to an authentic women's writing and language.
So many of the discussions about whether there is a specifically female way of writing have gone round in circles, getting nowhere, because women have not used the words `woman' and `feminine' unambiguously--they have spoken about women's `cultural' expressions in a completely ahistorical manner, confusing the ideological, empirical and utopian meanings of 'feminine'. . . . The empirical observation that women write differently is therefore only a starting point for the question of whether this different writing is equivalent to following the prescriptive pattern defined in the discourse about the 'nature of woman', or whether it strives after a utopia of another but autonomous femininity. . . . For a text, so long as the author lives in a patriarchal culture, will never present a dominant image of woman or the 'new woman' alone. A literature which gives voice to woman's predicament as the inauthentic sex cannot (yet) be sufficient (Weigel 64-5; emphasis and punctuation in original).
This analysis, filtered through the verities of a culture that palpably distorts the presentation of women both as they are and as they ought to be, presents a bleak picture of the likelihood a feminist sensibility could overtake mainstream biases. On this view, the wonder is not that feminists feel alienated (in the Freudian terms of civil critique) but that they can manage to find a filter of love and narcissism that is not destructive but more or less accepting of the flawed, perhaps fraudulent culture. It is a mechanism of coping toward which Emily gropes in Original Sins, and it is this that the women in Chamber Music struggle to find in the privacy of their artists' retreat.
On the other hand, the filter, too, may be a fraud, and it is to the credit of writers whose ideas a...
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