This chapter examines the gender issues related to the myth and concept of genius. It discusses the feminist critique that the theory of genius completely disenfranchises women, for it has been consistently interpreted as implying that women cannot be geniuses so defined. The chapter clarifies that the representation of genius as the possessor and the possessed, and the commonsense notion of genius, do not support the claim that a woman cannot be a genius and do not imply an exclusively masculine domain for the concept of artistic genius.
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