Essay about Analysis Of The Poem ' The Laugh Of The Medusa '

1279 Words Apr 16th, 2016 6 Pages
Nasser Alshareef
Dr. Jason DePolo
ENGL 755.001
30 March 2016
What is the Medusa?
The state controlling a woman would mean denying her full autonomy and full equality; a great deal of women have been taught this saying and they feel it is deeply true. Helene Cixous, one of the great writers of the twentieth century, apparently agrees with the aforementioned saying by the time she wrote The Laugh of the Medusa. Cixous commences by constructing her credibility with being one of the female pioneers of feminism and also stating historical facts, and effectively using rhetorical features. However, there are some devastating points in her article that make her argument confusing and eventually weaken her article.
A reader can clearly notice that the time of the publication of the article can be conspicuously seen as a persuasive appeal of pathos. The Women 's Rights Movement, particularly in France, was on fire at that time and women were looking for a female leader to guide them out of male domination and oppression. In the 1970s, a group of French theorists, such as Helene Cixous and Luce Irigaray, started arguing that writing is a male dominated field. Afterwards, Cixous came up with the term "Écriture feminine" which translates from the French as "feminine writing" to convey certain ideas of how women become able to deal with the aforementioned patriarchal writing system (Wiki). Then, why did Cixous choose this time to publish such a work? This is because…

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