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Author: Mary Joy Noon

Title: Beyond Breaking the Silence

Subtitle: Race, Gender, and Survivor Subjectivities in Feminist Rape Narratives by Contemporary American Women of Color

Thesis: M.A. Thesis, Texas Christian University

Advisor: Daniel E. Williams

Year: May 2009

Pages: ii + 158pp.

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | U.S. History | Representations: Literature / Dorothy Allison, Maya Angelou, Cristina García, Bharati Mukherjee


Link: TCU Digital Repository (Free Access)


Abstract: »Rape in the United States is hugely problematic, with current studies estimating that "one out of every six American women have been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime" (RAINN). Unfortunately, very few historical or contemporary rape narratives examine rape as a social phenomenon, allow the victims to voice their experiences, or see breaking the silence as a first, and not a final, step towards challenging the occurrence of sexual violence. Of the feminist rape literature that does accomplish this, I examine the novels Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison (1992), I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (1969), Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina García (1992) and Jasmine by Bharati Mukherjee (1989). Collectively these books represent a contemporary challenge to current ignorance about rape.« (Source: Thesis)


  Introduction (p. 1)
  Chapter One: Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out of Carolina (p. 21)
  Chapter Two: Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (p. 53)
  Chapter Three: Cristina García's Dreaming in Cuban (p. 93)
  Chapter Four: Bharati Makherjee's Jasmine (p. 117)
  Conclusion (p. 139)
  Bibliography (p. 149)
  Vita (p. 157)
  Abstract (p. 158)

Wikipedia: Dorothy Allison: Bastard out of Carolina; Maya Angelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings; Cristina García: Dreaming in Cuban; Bharati Mukherjee: Jasmine (novel)