n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - Fay Weldon, liberal feminism and the praxis of : research article

Volume 28, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0258-2279
  • E-ISSN: 2219-8237



This article focuses on Fay Weldon's novel, "Praxis", as a means of exploring the concept of "liberal feminism". "Praxis" charts the development of the eponymous main protagonist from a woman complicit in her own patriarchal oppression to a radical feminist activist and finally to the point where she comes to a liberal realisation of the nuances of individual women's experiences and the complexity of emancipation. The novel may be regarded as a liberal feminist text in its emphasis on both gender equality and individual liberty, and in its insistence that society may be positively reformed within the paradigm of the liberal state and without resorting to radical extremism. Published in 1978, the novel anticipates the later shift in feminist thinking from an exclusive concern with women's rights to a more inclusive liberal vision of human rights.

Hierdie artikel ondersoek Fay Weldon se roman, "Praxis", as 'n voorbeeld van "liberale feminisme". "Praxis" beskryf die ontwikkeling van die hoofkarakter van 'n vrou aandadig aan haar eie patriargale onderdrukking tot 'n radikale feminis en uiteindelik tot by 'n liberale besef van die nuanse van individuele vroulike ervarings en die ingewikkeldheid van emansipasie. Die roman kan as 'n liberale feministiese teks beskou word deur sy klem op geslagsgelykheid sowel as individuele vryheid, en weens sy aandrang dat die samelewing positief verbeter kan word binne die paradigma van die liberale staat sonder om ekstremistiese maatreëls te tref. Die roman is in 1978 gepubliseer, en antisipeer derhalwe die latere skuif in feminisme van 'n eksklusiewe bemoeienis met vroueregte tot 'n meer inklusiewe liberale visie van menseregte.

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