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    Women In Literature Theme for Two New English Courses

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    News release announces two new courses dealing with the theme Women in Literature will be offered at the University of Dayton

    Women in Literature\u27 course begins Thursday night at UM

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    Political activism among Dominican women in literature : imagined experiences and rising voices

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    My thesis examines the literary portrayal of women in Dominican politics as historical figures/actors and how Dominican women have also used the medium of literature to draw attention to these lesser known heroines and inspire future participation and involvement in public life. The creation of fiction out of history, through which authors imagine the inner lives and feelings and motivations of Dominican women protagonists, can add a new dimension to the study of women and gender in the Dominican Republic, especially when written by Dominican women authors. More specifically, I will explore the following issues and areas: 1) how the works revise or expand on the traditional interpretation of political activism 2) how the works honor women historical actors, giving them a voice and 3) what the works reveal about the gendered nature of political activism. The novels I will be analyzing are Julia Alvarez’s novels In the Name of Salome and In the Time of Butterflies, as well as Charamicos by Angela Hernandez. These works are based on real women activists who have been fictionalized in the novels, such as Salome Urena de Henriquez and the Mirabal sisters, as well as “imagined” or “fictional” women who are not based on specific Dominican women, but rather a fictionalized compilation created to embody the experiences of many, such as the characters in Charamicos. My analysis of the literary representation of women’s activism draws from the fields of gender, political, historical and literary studies, however Joan W. Scott’s discussion of her-story and social history, as well as Paul Ricoeur’s theories on the relationship between memory and history are especially useful. In conclusion, I show that these novels have created a space for the imagined experiences of these women and given them a voice which was lacking, since these women activists have been left hidden in the pages of history, without detailed autobiographies or much more than a paragraph even in recent historical publications. I will also explore future research considerations that would build on the work in this thesis and further contribute to the expansion of the field of Dominican women’s studies

    A Manifestation of Women Writings in the Context of Maya Angelou’s Selected Works

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    This study explores the stigmatization of the female body and women in American literature, highlighting how contemporary women's writing challenges traditional gender norms. In many literary works, women are often portrayed as passive, objectified, and devoid of agency. The aim of this study is to re-establish the importance and role of women in literature for the betterment of society. To achieve this, Maya Angelou's work, specifically Still I Rise, has been selected as a case study. Angelou's influential writing sheds light on women's experiences and the impact of trauma on their bodies. Through her work, Angelou challenges the conventional portrayal of women in literature and emphasizes the significance of self-love and resilience in the face of adversity. Employing a qualitative approach, the study conducts content analysis to examine the themes and imagery in Angelou's work. The findings will be discussed in relation to the traditional concept of women in literature and how contemporary women's writing defies these notions. Ultimately, by highlighting women's experiences and the impact of trauma on their bodies, this study endeavours to challenge traditional gender norms and foster a more inclusive and equitable society

    2021 Women in Literature Read-In

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    This event was co-sponsored by BELLAS, GEN, Girls IN2 STEM, Peer Multicultural Educators (PME), the IRC, and the English team.https://digitalcommons.imsa.edu/dei_readins/1018/thumbnail.jp

    Beyond Marriage and Motherhood: The Motifs Involved in the Portrayal of Women in Literature

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    When I was in elementary school most of the books that I voluntarily read featured female characters. Part of the reason was that it was expected of me and those books (about girls/women) were the ones recommended to me. Another part was that female characters were the ones I could most closely relate to. They gave me ideas about what it is to be a woman, and subtly led me to approach the question of what kind of woman I wanted to be. It took me years to really pick up on the stereotypes and recurring female characters, and it is only recently that I began to realize how detrimental these stereotypes are. The fiction included in my portfolio are responses based on my question: what does literature tell us about women and their place in the patriarchal world? More specifically, where do women fit in a heteronormative society, in a world where men are the traditional rulers of the overall system

    Review of Images of Women in Literature

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    IMAGES OF WOMEN IN LITERATURE, edited by Mary Anne Ferguson (Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1973: paper, $5.00), provides a thoughtful selection of short stories and poems, arranged around the images of the submissive wife, the mother, the dominating wife, the seductress-goddess, the sex object, and, a welcome inclusion, the liberated woman

    For another history of women in literature

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    L’article qui va suivre a pour objet la présentation d’un ouvrage collectif, à paraître, qui rassemble, pour la première fois de manière systématique, l’ensemble des informations dont nous disposons à propos de la présence des femmes dans le champ littéraire français, du Moyen Âge au XXIe siècle, avec des considérations sur les littératures francophones. Il contient donc quelques informations et observations générales sur le sujet, et les raisons d’une telle publication, ainsi que quelques observations sur le roman, traditionnellement jugé un genre littérature «féminin».The article consists of a short presentation of a project I directed for several years: for the first time, my colleagues and I will present all the information we have concerning the place, the role, and the works of women in French literature from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, with a chapter dedicated to the Francophone world. The article also includes general views on the subject and the reasons to publish such a book, as well as considerations about the novel, which has been traditionally considered as a «genre» for women

    Edna and Mitsuko

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