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作者 Foulis, Elena
書名 Traumatic memories of gendered violence in the fiction of Gayl Jones, Denise Chavez, and Graciela Limon
國際標準書號 9781124404936
book jacket
說明 177 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 72-02, Section: A, page: 0588
Adviser: Steven Bell
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Arkansas, 2010
Traumatic Memories of Gendered Violence in the Fiction of Gayl Jones. Denise Chavez, and Graciela Limon examines the representation of memory and gendered violence in three contemporary American novels: Gayl Jones's Corregidora, Denise Chavez's Face of An Angel, and Graciela Limon's In Search of Bernabe. My comparative research of Jones, Chavez, and Limon seeks to contribute to a recent trend to study ethnic minority writers in the Americas
I engage these texts in conversation with theories about traumatic memory recall, the body in pain, and violence, to show that the painful legacy of trauma in memory can be, in its own way, as damaging as the direct experience of it. I also expose gendered violence as a structure of power that frees itself from responsibility, by blaming women for their own victimization
The novels in this study reject the nostalgic way of looking at the past and substitute memories of violence that continue to affect women. These writers work against established paradigms of cultural traditions to expose the ways in which women embody and transmit violence to future generations, and in this way they seek to form solidarity with women as they point toward new feminist futures. Whether it is slavery, in the case of African Americans, or colonialism, in the case of Chicanas, all of the female protagonists in the three novels share the common experience of loss of self. Even more, they use their own bodies to create sites of memory to bear witness to physical violence and abuse
School code: 0011
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 72-02A
主題 Literature, Comparative
African American Studies
Black Studies
Literature, American
Hispanic American Studies
Alt Author University of Arkansas
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