Cixous's The Laugh of the Medusa Against Showalter's Feminist Criticism in the Wilderness

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Cixous's The Laugh of the Medusa Critiqued Against Showalter's Essay Feminist Criticism in the Wilderness

 

      In learning about feminist theory this semester, one idea that arose from class discussions was the notion of essentialism.  Essentialism, a theory that stresses essence as opposed to existence, was discussed at length and while some classmates found it to reductionary and cliché, it is a question that I assume must be asked of ecriture feminine writing.  Does ecriture feminine writing essentialize women?  If it does, is essentializing women problematic? 

 

One critique of ecriture feminine by the feminist critique and gynocricitics is that the
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      These two oppositional positions cause much argument within feminist theory.  Feminist critique sees
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