Metacritic Journal

for Comparative Studies and Theory

ISSN 2457 – 8827
Ana-Maria Deliu,  Laura T. Ilea Ana-Maria Deliu, Laura T. Ilea

Combined and Uneven Feminism: Intersectional and Post-Constructivist Tendencies

Our study is meant to be read as an introduction to current networks of ideas and projects within the third-wave feminist theories. The first tendency that we identified is intersectional feminism, animated by the idea that feminism should not only speak to white middle-class women (Hamrouni, Maillé) and posing problems such as: seriality, equity and equality, postcolonialism. It seeks freedom from (intersected) oppressive social forces. The other tendency is an emerging post- constructivist, alternative...   ⇨ Read more
Amelia Precup Amelia Precup

Mapping Femininity as Self-reflection Strategy in Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s TRAVEL LETTERS

The present paper participates in the discussion about the differences between masculine and feminine modes of travel in terms of interests, perception, and representation, by exploring the Letters of the Right Honourable Lady M--y W--y M--e Written during Her Travels in Europe, Asia and Africa, by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. As a traveller, Lady Mary engaged in the contemplation of cultural landscapes: she attempted to understand the social logic of the communities she met and to assess the cultural distance...   ⇨ Read more
Anna Specchio Anna Specchio

Eutopizing the Dystopia. Gender Roles, Motherhood and Reproduction in Murata Sayaka’s SATSUJIN SHUSSAN

From the start of her career, contemporary Japanese writer Murata Sayaka has been writing novels that dismantle the existing politics of gender, family and sexuality through stories set in dystopian or surrealistic worlds. In Satsujin shussan (The Birth Murder) she depicts a society in which a person can kill another if s/he gives birth to other ten. Women are given a contraceptive implant at the time of their first menstruation, sex is conceived as an act of lust, and pregnancy occurs exclusively by assisted...   ⇨ Read more
Francesco Bacci Francesco Bacci

The Originality of THE HANDMAID'S TALE and THE CHILDREN OF MEN: Religion, Justice, and Feminism in Dystopian Fiction

This paper describes the theoretical challenges and the approach through which The Handmaid’s Tale and The Children of Men describe a world which is destroying itself in a society where human rights do not matter. The main objective is to discuss the role of women in these narrative universes. A space will also be created to consider how the female condition is perceived as a threat to a totalitarian society. In doing so, we will undertake this research with a multidisciplinary approach which takes into...   ⇨ Read more