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The Melded Spheres Of Ligeia
A discussion on Smith's "separate spheres" viewpoint, gender sterotypes and feminism.
# 141312 | 1,250 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Women Studies (Feminism) , Literature (General)

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The paper discusses how Smith's "separate spheres" viewpoint allows us the opportunity to see gender stereotypes more as an interplay of "dual indentities," rather than a strict delineation along preconceived lines. The paper explains that just as feminism is evolving into feminisms, so too are the boundaries of separate spheres melding together. The paper points out that it is noteworthy that a vivid example is found in the work of an esteemed male author.

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"The idea of "separate spheres" as an analytical lens of literature appears on its face to be distinctly feminist in nature. Indeed however, Johanna M. Smith espouses its core strength as a vehicle to minimize the attenuation in gender stereotyping to a "negotiated tension" of dual identities (FC 303). "Separate spheres" in fact was a 19th century doctrine which worked to "keep middle-class women at home, maintaining a household, raising children, and creating a re-energizing refuge from the workplace for their husband." However, such abrupt gender divisions tend to "obscure...""

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