Li 2013 Frontiers

Title Information

Author: Wang Li

Title: Crossing the Accepted Sexual Frontiers

Subtitle: Mary Traverse's Faustian Quest in Timberlake Wertenbaker's The Grace of Mary Traverse

Journal: Cross-Cultural Communication

Volume: 9

Issue: 6

Year: December 2013

Pages: 50-54

ISSN: 1712-8358 – Find a Library: WordCat eISSN: 1923-6700 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | English History | Representations: Literature / Timberlake Wertenbaker

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Abstract: »Timberlake Wertenbaker’s The Grace of Mary Traverse is about how the heroine Mary Traverse, defying the bounded atmosphere of the patriarchal society represented by her father, crosses the accepted sexual frontiers, ends up bruised and battered but still has a hope for a just world in the future. The paper analyzes Traverse’s Faustian quest for power in the public space. With a critical portrayal of the lives of women in patriarchal society, Wertenbaker shows that to gain power, women need to dismantle the ideological biases toward women rather than merely mimicking and appropriating the behaviors of men under the patriarchal ideology.« (Source: Cross-Cultural Communication)


  Abstract (p. 50)
  Summary (p. 50)
  Introduction (p. 50)
  1. Out of "Women's Place" (p. 51)
  2. Desire for Power Triggered by Sexual Assault (p. 51)
  3. Assertion of Power through Mimicry (p. 52)
  4. Failure in Quest for Power (p. 53)
  Conclusion (p. 54)
  Reference (p. 54)

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