Hypatia 5 (2):76-90 (1990)

Jenefer Robinson
University of Cincinnati
Stephanie Ross
University of Missouri, St. Louis
We apply Carol Gilligan's distinction between a "male" mode of moral reasoning, focussed on justice, and a "female" mode, focussed on caring, to the reading of literature. Martha Nussbaum suggests that certain novels are works of moral philosophy. We argue that what Nussbaum sees as the special ethical contribution of such novels is in fact training in the stereotypically female mode of moral concern. We show this kind of training is appropriate to all readers of these novels, not just to women. Finally, we explore what else is involved in distinctively feminist readings of traditional novels
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DOI 10.1111/j.1527-2001.1990.tb00418.x
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