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Nursery Versus Straightjacket: The Feminist Paradox Of “The Yellow Wallpaper”, Ashley N. Brooks Feb 2018

Nursery Versus Straightjacket: The Feminist Paradox Of “The Yellow Wallpaper”, Ashley N. Brooks

Papers & Publications: Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research

In this literary analysis, I examine Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, and explore how the literary devices used by Gilman within the story reflect the narrator’s perpetual entrapment in a feminist paradox: to either remain destabilized by mental disturbance, or be besieged by the inescapable doldrums of domestic life. Gilman wrote the story after enduring a doctor-prescribed rest cure, a common treatment for supposedly hysterical women in the nineteenth century. Gilman’s perturbation toward her rest cure treatment is evident through the voice and actions of the similarly afflicted narrator, but the story’s message ...


An Almost Perfect Heroine: Prudence In Henrietta By Charlotte Lennox, Joelma Sambdman Feb 2018

An Almost Perfect Heroine: Prudence In Henrietta By Charlotte Lennox, Joelma Sambdman

Papers & Publications: Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research

This essay examines prudence in Charlotte Lennox’s novel, Henrietta (1758). The novel’s protagonist, Henrietta, matures as she fights to become an independent woman, exploring choices beyond the two socially acceptable ones offered to her: marrying for financial stability or becoming a Catholic nun. Henrietta is unwilling to denounce her personal beliefs to please her upper-class family, and as a young woman living in eighteenth-century Britain, she breaks societal barriers by taking a job as a housemaid. She is ambitious but humble. Her journey is punctuated by inner conflicts that test and hone her sense of prudence. Her entire ...


The Poetry Of Louise Glück: The Search For A Feminine Self Through The Lens Of Kristevan Psychoanalytic Feminist Literary Theory, Allison Cooke Feb 2018

The Poetry Of Louise Glück: The Search For A Feminine Self Through The Lens Of Kristevan Psychoanalytic Feminist Literary Theory, Allison Cooke

Papers & Publications: Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research

This essay looks at the poetry of Louise Glück, specifically her two poems “Fugue” and “Persephone the Wanderer” from her 2006 collection Averno, for how the figures of the young woman/daughter and the mother struggle with and for their self-identity in relation to each other and to themselves. Drawing from the philosophy and literary theory of Jacques Derrida, Julia Kristeva, and Margaret Homans to develop the framing concepts of chora, potential capability, paralanguage, and the abject, this essay's argument suggests that these two feminine figures demonstrate difficult and traumatic transformations into what it means to be a woman ...


Hippie Communes Of The West Coast: A Study Of Gender Roles And The Evolution Of The Counterculture's Definition Of Freedom, Lisa A. Scott Feb 2018

Hippie Communes Of The West Coast: A Study Of Gender Roles And The Evolution Of The Counterculture's Definition Of Freedom, Lisa A. Scott

Papers & Publications: Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research

Following the deterioration of conditions in the Haight-Ashbury in 1968, hippies moved to communes throughout the west coast, specifically in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains above San Francisco in California. Beginning as a utopian vision, many of the traditions and problems that commune residents sought to escape manifested again in communal life, including the division of races, repression of women, and intolerance of homosexuals. Additionally, they could not escape the financial realities of the world they lived in, and communes were plagued with health issues and unscrupulous individuals. Eventually, women of the communes, forced to provide income for their families ...