Field 2010 Womanhood

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Author: Robin E. Field

Title: Revising Chicana Womanhood

Subtitle: Gender Violence in Sandra Cisneros's The House oon Mango Street

In: Feminism, Literature and Rape Narratives: Violence and Violation

Edited by: Sorcha Gunne and Zoë Brigley Thompson

Place: New York, NY

Publisher: Routledge

Year: 2010

Pages: 54-

Series: Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures 27

ISBN-10: 0415806089 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

ISBN-13: 9780415806084 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780415896689 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | U.S. History | Representations: Literature / Sandra Cisnero



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Author: Robin E. Field, Women's Studies Program, King's College

Abstract: »The problem of rape scripts is also an issue in Robin Field's discussion of Sandra Cisnero's The House on Mango Street, a novel about teenage Chicana girls which is sometimes described as a children's book. Though the text has been categorized for a younger audience, it sill tackles the issue of sexual violence in an unconventional manner, and Field studies a number of vignettes in the novel that unravel certain myths about rape that prevail in Chicana culture. The sexual violence that occurs is directed not at the mala mujer, the whore or independent woman, but at dutiful daughters who must find strategies to cope with their experiences and to overcome them in the process of growing up. Like the other chapters in this part, Field's chapter is driven by the determination to undermine facile binaries of activity and passivity in rape narratives.« (Zoë Brigley Thompson and Sorcha Gunne. »Introduction: Feminism without Borders: The Potentials and Pitfalls of Retheorizing Rape.« Feminism, Literature and Rape Narratives: Violence and Violation. Edited by Sorcha Gunne et al. New York 2010: 12)

Wikipedia: Sandra Cisneros: The House on Mango Street


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