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Dancing through the Minefield
Pieces of literature serve an essential role in explaining the theory, practice, and politics
surrounding different topics. For instance, after reading Annette Kolodny's "Dancing Through
the Minefield" from a feminist theoretical framework, the reader can develop other arguments.
She introduces her thesis that females have been discriminated and undermined in various areas
including education. Annette Kolodny sets a path of feminist criticism that leads to a prevailing
opinion of male misapprehension. It puts some crucial propositions in which the special interests
of the reader inevitably rise. Kalodny claims that feminist criticism should "discover how
aesthetic value is assigned in the first place" (Kolodny 2147). Dancing through the minefield
outlines Annette's three most important positions assumed by most feminists to be essential.
Annette’s work asserts that the construction of a literary canon is a social construction, that
readers unconsciously engage texts, and that this unconscious bias should be re-examined.
History fiction dwells in everything of the past. It gives the meaning of the actions and
activities that were happening in the ancient days. First, she writes, “literary history…is a
fiction” (Kolodny 2153). Annette provides us with the scenario of males being dominant,
affecting the way perceive women in society. She says that we ought to forget the past as long as
we do not understand it. She claims that when we consider the implications of these observations
for the process of canon formation and the assignment of aesthetic value, we find ourselves

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locked in a chicken-and-egg dilemma. The perception of women in the days should not be a
hindrance to the present days. The understanding of old days and society belief is not the current
way of life.
Annette believes that men and women read by only engaging the text unconsciously. She
has a strong feeling that readers of texts “engage...not texts but paradigms” (Kolodny 2155). She
says, "the (usually male) reader who both by experience and by reading, has never made
acquaintance with those contexts…. will necessarily lack the capacity to fully interpret the
dialogue or action embedded therein.” It is evident in ancient days; women's results were not
considered relevant, as argued by Kolodny. The Symposium did not allow men and women's
ideologies to be wholly shared or even articulated consistently. It portrays the feminist argument
that how objections to our work are usually posed, of course, serve to obscure their deeper
motivations. She is confident that male readers will be good if they feel reading the works of the
female. Male inability to be familiar with women's world will be so difficult to understand. He
who will read the outcomes can be familiar with the words and the work page, but understanding
the content will be impossible.
Annette’s third position strives to do away with readers’ unconsciousness. She says,
“since the grounds upon which we assign aesthetic value to texts are never infallible,
unchangeable, or universal, we must re-examine not only our aesthetics but, as well, the inherent
biases and assumptions informing the critical methods which shape our aesthetic responses”
(Kolodny 2158). Annette's message is for the community to change on the way the judge and
view literacy work. We need to interpret the pieces rather than dwelling on how we perceive the
work. The way we want the literacy work to grow will depend on how we shall build our
evaluation methods.

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Surname 1 Student’s Name Professor’s Name Course Date: Dancing through the Minefield Pieces of literature serve an essential role in explaining the theory, practice, and politics surrounding different topics. For instance, after reading Annette Kolodny's "Dancing Through the Minefield" from a feminist theoretical framework, the reader can develop other arguments. She introduces her thesis that females have been discriminated and undermined in various areas including education. Annette Kolodny sets a path of feminist criticism that leads to a prevailing opinion of male misapprehension. It puts some crucial propositions in which the special interests of the reader inevitably rise. Kalodny claims that feminist criticism should "discover how aesthetic value is assigned in the first place" (Kolodny 2147). Dancing through the minefield outlines Annette's three most important positions assu ...
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