Feminism and Literature

Annette Kolodny comments on the status of women in American social, academic, and economic life in the 1960s through the prism of her book The Lay of the Land: Metaphor as Experience and History in American Life and Letters. Kolodny argues that, by way of language and literature, feminism is shaping the national imagination and influencing hopes and expectations for the future. She offers an overview of American women writers in the early 1980s and the role of women’s studies in universities.

At the time of this interview, Kolodny was professor of English at the University of New Hampshire.

This edition of Soundings was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.

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