The Privileged Voice

Date of Award


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Honors Project

University Scholars Director

Dr. Jeff Keuss

First Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Christine Chaney

Second Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Jeff Keuss


This paper discusses the complex positioning of the male critic operating in the realm of feminism. It uses a historical lens to contrast a key critic from 1984, Stephen Heath, with the more open stances available to the male critic today. It uses Heath's essay "Male Feminism" as a sample for the conversation of men in feminism from the 1980’s, as well as considers how Heath’s own stance and positioning changed in 1997 by his inclusion in the Encyclopedia of Feminist Literary Theory. In fact, by his inclusion there, I argue that Heath's initial argument comes under pressure, leaving space for criticism and reflection on how the male critic might differently consider himself, and his voice, today.


A project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Scholars Program.

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