The problems with poststructuralism
in Literature, theology and feminism
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This chapter examines how the threat of poststructuralism has been constructed in feminist thinking and what is at stake in exploring another way of reading texts. The encounter of feminists within the Anglo/American tradition with post-structuralist theory is marked by a series of important publications which introduced the work of so-called 'French feminists' to an audience unfamiliar with the theoretical debates taking place in France. With a strong tradition of political activism, religious feminists have been particularly uncomfortable about anything that appears to threaten commitment to the political real. Robert Detweiler, David Jasper and others appear to point a possible way forward for religious feminists who are seeking to consider, alongside reading strategies which have proved creative in the past, new ways of reading which keeps us open to change.


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