Frankenstein Gender Criticism and Queer Theory
Homework Questions: 382:
Explain: "Feminist and gender criticism are not polar
but, rather, exist along a continuum of attitudes" (382).
What distinctions, according to Murfin, can be made between
the different critical beliefs
found at the two ends of this continuum?
Explain: "One purpose of gender criticism is to
as we commonly conceive of it, to expose its insufficiency and
as a category" (382).
Explain: "Gender is not a property of bodies or
existent in human beings" (qtd. in Murfin 382).
Explain: "Gender is . . . a construct, an effect of
culture, and its institutions" (382).
What are the "essentialist" and "constructionist" views
What is the extreme constructionist position?
What, according to some "French-influenced Anglo-American
is the "essential relationship between sexuality and
What does it mean to read or write like a man or like a
Explain: "Sexuality, commonly thought to be a natural
as a private matter, is in fact completely constructed in
to the political aims of the society's dominant class" (Qtd.
in Murfin 385).
Explain: "Sexuality is a continuum, not a fixed and
of binary oppositions" (386).
What is "compulsory heterosexuality" (386).
Why is film theory important to gender criticism?
What, according to Murfin, is the significance of Foucault to
gender criticism and queer theory?