Creative Paradigms in Literature

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mother, daughter, femininity, social protest, women


Comparative Literature | English Language and Literature | Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Other Psychology


Male authored texts often depict woman as a presence of unsettling femininity. This is demonstrated in William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury; Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita; and Henry James's Daisy Miller. In the authors' fictional realms they challenge and undermine this social constriction by robbing the mother figure and assert, instead, a strong daughter figure. The multi-faceted symbols of the absent mother and the rebelling daughter become literary acts of defiance against the ideological constructions and cultural systemization of gender in works of fiction. Faulkner, James, and Nabokov question the beliefs of their culture and provide an alternative representation for women in each of their texts.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

English: Literature and Writing


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