Interrogating the Postmodern: Feminist History after the Linguistic Turn
Cromer, Sharalynn Denae
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This essay was written with the intention of exploring both personally and critically the growing dialogue among academic feminists and historians in regard to post-structuralism. What are the consequences of adopting gender- and literary-theory for methods of historical inquiry? Having been interested in the subject of female hysteria in Victorian America, I used this subject as a case study. This, I hope, will test claims made in the first thirty pages and also provide a concrete example from the past on which a historiography can be built and examined. I see this project not as my definitive statement on the subject but instead as a beginning.