Feminist Approaches to Women’s Writing

Critical review of British feminist author, Fay Weldon.

This paper reviews and analyzes the way Fay Weldon portrays the men and the heroines in her novels. The paper also discusses the underlying theme in Weldon’s novels that women must hold themselves accountable for their weaker status in society.
`Feminism refers to the theory or set of principles according to which women refuse to acknowledge the importance of men in their lives. They reject the notion that men and women complement each other and that they need to walk together to keep the wheel of life running. Feminism has not only affected politics or business organizations, but has left a deep impact on the world of literature too where several women writers have adopted feminist stance. The stories written by these writers and the characters they created, all reflected a deeply feminist streak. In most of these works, a woman is assigned the lead role so she could speak for the writer. Fay Weldon is among one such British feminist writer whose novels have been considered controversial by many as they reflect conflicting forms of feminism. Weldon’s novels have been widely read and most of them received rave reviews upon their publication, however there are still some critics who feel that Weldon doesn’t always portray men-women relationship in the most accurate manner. In other words, these critics are of the view that Fay Weldon is not as keen or astute an observer of male-female relationship as she would have us believe.`