Feminist literary criticism is a political attack upon other modes of criticism and theory,and because of its social orientation it moves beyond traditional literary criticism.
Feminists believe that our culture is a patriarchal culture,that is,one organized in favor of the interests of men.
Feminist literary critics try to explain how what they term engendered power imbalances in a given culture are reflected,supported,or challenged by literary texts.
Feminist critics focus on absence of women from discourse as well as meaningful spaces opened by womenâ€™s discourse.
Feminist critics largely agree on a threefold purpose:to expose patriarchal premises and resulting prejudices,to promote discovery and reevaluation of literature by women,and to examine social,cultural,and psychosexual contexts of literature and criticism.
Feminist critics wish to make us act as feminist readers;that is,to createâ€new communities of writers and readers supported by a language spoken for and by women.â€