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Famous Female Critics

List of famous female critics, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female critics list contains the most prominent and top females known for being critics. There are thousand of females working as critics in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic critics have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a critic then the people below should give you inspiration.

The list you're viewing is made up of different people like Carole Lavallée and Victoria Glendinning.

While this isn't a list of all female critics, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female critics?" and "Who are the best female critics?"

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    Dorothy Parker was an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th-century urban foibles. From a conflicted and unhappy childhood, Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary output in such venues as The New Yorker and as a founding ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 74 (1893-1967)
    • Birthplace: Long Branch, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Screenwriter, Satirist, Author, Writer + 1 more
    • Credits: Saboteur, A Star Is Born, A Star Is Born, The Little Foxes, The Flower of My Secret + 6 more
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    Camille Anna Paglia is an American academic and social critic. Paglia, a self-described dissident feminist, has been a professor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, since 1984. The New York Times has described her as "first and foremost an educator". She is the author of Sexual ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Endicott, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Cultural critic, Author, Writer, Critic, Teacher
    • Credits: Henry Fool, It's Pat, The Watermelon Woman, Dr. Paglia, Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed + 1 more
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    Naomi Klein is a Canadian author, social activist, and filmmaker known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate globalization and of corporate capitalism. She is best known for No Logo, a book that went on to become an international bestseller; The Take, a documentary film about Argentina’s ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
    • Profession: Journalist, Political writer, Author, Writer, Critic
    • Credits: The Take, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, The Shock Doctrine
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    Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick was an American academic scholar in the fields of gender studies, queer theory, and critical theory. Her critical writings helped create the field of queer studies. Her works reflect an interest in a range of issues, including queer performativity; experimental critical writing; ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 59 (1950-2009)
    • Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Professor, Author, Essayist, Critic
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    Dame Hilary Mary Mantel, DBE FRSL, is an English writer whose work includes personal memoirs, short stories, and historical fiction. She has twice been awarded the Booker Prize, the first for the 2009 novel Wolf Hall, a fictional account of Thomas Cromwell's rise to power in the court of Henry VIII, and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Glossop, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Novelist, Essayist, Writer, Critic
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    Louise Bogan was an American poet. She was appointed the fourth Poet Laureate to the Library of Congress in 1945. As poetry editor of The New Yorker magazine for nearly 40 years, Bogan played a major role in shaping mainstream poetic sensibilities of the mid-20th Century. The Poetry Foundation notes ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 73 (1897-1970)
    • Birthplace: Livermore Falls, Maine, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Critic
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    Lucy Lippard is an internationally known writer, art critic, activist and curator from the United States. Lippard was among the first writers to recognize the "dematerialization" at work in conceptual art and was an early champion of feminist art. She is the author of 21 books on contemporary art and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Art critic, Curator, Critic
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    Johanna Drucker is an author, book artist, visual theorist, and cultural critic. Her scholarly writing documents and critiques visual language: letterforms, typography, visual poetry, art, and lately, digital aesthetics. She is currently the Martin and Bernard Breslauer Professor in the Department of ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Professor, Author, Printer, Critic, Artist
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    Kathleen Kylie Tennant AO was an Australian novelist, playwright, short-story writer, critic, biographer and historian. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 76 (1912-1988)
    • Birthplace: Manly, Australia
    • Profession: Biographer, Historian, Novelist, Writer, Critic + 1 more
    • Credits: The Battlers
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    Margo Lillian Jefferson is a former theatre critic at The New York Times and a professor at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts. Jefferson received her Bachelor of Arts from Brandeis University, where she graduated cum laude, and her M.S. from Columbia University. She became an associate ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Professor, Author, Critic
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    Shira Artzi is a writer, screenwriter and book-critic. more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Screenwriter, Writer, Critic
    • Credits: Mary Lou, Wild Dogs
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    Jewelle Gomez is an American author, poet, critic and playwright. She lived and worked in New York City for twenty-two years working in public television, theatre as well as philanthropy before relocating to the West Coast. Her writing---fiction, poetry, essays and cultural criticism---has appeared in a ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Author, Writer, Critic, Playwright
    • Credits: T'Aint Nobodys Bizness: Queer Blues Divas of the 1920s
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    Ada Louise Huxtable was an architecture critic and writer on architecture. In 1970 she was awarded the first ever Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. The esteemed architecture critic Paul Goldberger, also a Pulitzer Prize-winner for architectural criticism, said of Huxtable: "Before Ada Louise Huxtable, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 92 (1921-2013)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Architectural Critic, Historian, Writer
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    Dawn Elizabeth Johnsen is an American lawyer and the Walter W. Foskett Professor of Constitutional law, who is currently on the faculty at Maurer School of Law at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She worked at the Office of Legal Counsel in the United States Department of Justice from 1993 to ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Professor, Law professor, Critic, Lawyer
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    Vivian Gornick is an American critic, journalist, essayist, and memoirist. She was a reporter for the Village Voice from 1969 to 1977. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The Atlantic Monthly, and many other publications. She has published ten books; an eleventh, The Odd Woman ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Memoirist, Essayist, Critic
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    Marilyn Hacker is an American poet, translator and critic. She is Professor of English at the City College of New York. Her books of poetry include Presentation Piece, which won the National Book Award, Love, Death, and the Changing of the Seasons, and Going Back to the River. In 2009, Hacker won the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Writer, Critic
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    Helen Hennessy Vendler is an American literary critic. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 82
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Professor, Critic
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    Juliana Spahr is an American poet, critic, and editor. She is the recipient of the 2009 Hardison Poetry Prize awarded by the Folger Shakespeare Library to honor a U.S. poet whose art and teaching demonstrate great imagination and daring. Both Spahr's critical and scholarly studies, i.e., Everybody’s ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Chillicothe, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Editor, Poet, Critic
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    Barbara Hamby is an American poet, fiction writer, editor, and critic. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Editor, Poet, Critic
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    RoseLee Goldberg is an American-based art historian, author, critic and curator of performance art. She is most well known as being the founder and director of Performa, a performance art organisation. She is also currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Arts Administration at New York University. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Durban, South Africa
    • Profession: Historian, Curator, Writer, Critic
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