Dismissing Feminism?

A definition problem.

When I was an English major at the University of Texas, I often found myself registering for classes late because I was still paying off my tuition from the previous semester. UT would float you for a semester then, but you couldn’t register for the next semester until you’d paid off the previous one. Many of the English classes I wanted were full by the time I tried to register, but a great many cross-listed as women’s studies classes were reliably open. Hence my early encounters with Hrotsvit of Gandersheim and other female writers of the Middle Ages, countless readings of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper, and, as I mention in the current issue of COMMENTARY, my passing familiarity with the feminist-psychoanalytic critic Julia Kristeva, lately outed as an informer for the Bulgarian secret police. I believe I completed coursework sufficient for a minor in women’s studies.

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