This paper examines Aphra Benn's "Oroonoko" and Harriet Jacobs' "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl", focusing specifically on the gender discourses of their time. Authors' attitudes toward gender roles, sexuality, narration, activism and heroism.
# 21997 | 1,575 words | 5 sources | 1995 |
Published on Mar 12, 2003 in Literature (Comparative Literature) , Women Studies (General) , African-American Studies (General)
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From the Paper:"This study will examine Aphra Benn's "Oroonoko" and Harriet Jacobs' "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl", focusing specifically on the light which each work sheds on the gender discourses of their time. The study will consider the extent to which Oroonoko questions conventional gender roles, especially in the areas of writing and sexuality. With respect to Jacobs, the study will explore how she aligns the events of her life to fit conventional expectations, and how she resists and redefines conventional notions of womanhood, motherhood, female sexuality, and family.
The study will argue, ironically, that Jacobs, a black slave, offers much more resistance to traditional gender roles than does Behn, who presents herself on the surface as an aggressive and rebellious woman, but who, on a more profound ... "
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