What, according to Smith, characterized feminist thought
during the 1970s and '80s?
Explain: "Language is a realm of public discourse"
Explain: "The structure of a language is phallocentric"
What is semiotics? (See also 590-91)
How, according to Julia Kristeva, is feminine language
Explain: "'Feminine' language is more 'diffusive' than
What, according to Smith, distinguishes French
and American feminist critics?
How do British feminists, according to Smith,
distinguish themselves from their American
Explain: "The universalizing and 'essentializing'
both American practice and French theory disguise women's
highlighting sexual difference, suggesting that a dominant
system is impervious
to political change" (345).
How are contemporary feminist practitioners characterized?
What, according to Murfin, is the goal of the new era of
What is "'personal' or 'autobiographical' criticism"
what way is it feminist?
Explain: "Categories obscure similarities even as they
make distinctions" (347).
What is the doctrine of "separate spheres" (347)?
What is "subjugated knowledge" (348)?
In what ways, according to Murfin, does Smith's essay