Personal experiences and adversities: the existential struggles of women in American women's literature, 2011

Collection:
Atlanta University and Clark Atlanta University Theses and Dissertations
Title:
Personal experiences and adversities: the existential struggles of women in American women's literature, 2011
Creator:
Singleton, Keir Elizabeth
Contributor to Resource:
Osinubi, Viktor O.
Ervin, Hazel
Vinyard, Alma
Date of Original:
2011-05-01
Subject:
Degrees, Academic
Dissertations, Academic
Location:
United States, Georgia, Fulton County, Atlanta, 33.749, -84.38798
Medium:
dissertations
theses
Type:
Text
Format:
application/pdf
Description:
Degree Type: thesis
Degree Name: Master of Arts (MA)
Date of Degree: 2011
Granting Institution: Clark Atlanta University
Department/ School: School of Arts and Sciences, English
This is a study of womens struggles in a system of patriarchy as portrayed in the works of Willa Cather, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison. The selected works include: My Antonia, The Color Purple, and Sula. Most commonly, in a patriarchal society, masculinity is usually defined by aggression and dominance, whereas femininity is portrayed as symbolic of passivity and submission. The need for women to be submissive in a male-dominated society caused many of the women characters to begin to suffer from lack of individuality and self-expression. The idea that women often evolve into different personalities because of their life experiences and struggles is at the center of the works selected for this study. In these particular works, the writers demonstrate that in spite of ethnicities and family backgrounds, many women living under the system of patriarchy become strong and outspoken because of their personal experiences and life challenges, while some of them become casualties of their struggles but learn from the experiences in order to become agents of social change.
Metadata URL:
http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12322/cau.td:2011_singleton_keir_e
Language:
eng
Holding Institution:
Clark Atlanta University
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