Irving's Women : A Feminist Critique of the Love Poems of Irving Layton

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Irving's Women : A Feminist Critique of the Love Poems of Irving Layton
Abstract
The author points out that Montrealer Irving Layton's (1912-2006) love poetry is neither a celebration of women nor an enduring tribute to the women who have touched his lif. Yet, she maintains, to call his poetry sexist, to brand him a male chauvinist and leave it at that, does little but to state the obvious. Her close examination of Layton's work, applying some of the theories of feminist criticism, reveals his immature attitude toward women and sex, and his belief that men are superior, both physically and intellectually, to women. She argues that such an examination also exposes Layton as a misogynist, with particular hatred and fear of the woman artist.
Publication
Studies in Canadian Literature / Études En littérature Canadienne
Volume
Vol. 13
Issue
no. 2
Pages
142-156
Date
1988
Language
en
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Citation
Lewis, Joanne. “Irving’s Women : A Feminist Critique of the Love Poems of Irving Layton.” Studies in Canadian Literature / Études En littérature Canadienne Vol. 13, no. 2 (1988): 142–156. https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/SCL/article/view/8082.
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