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"We Couldn't Fathom Them at All": The Complex Representation of Femininity in Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides
Halmstad University, School of Humanities (HUM).
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides tells the story of adolescent boys gazing at the five Lisbon sisters, who captivate the entire neighborhood with their blond hair and youthful beauty. The young women are positioned as objects, merely to be gazed upon by the male narrators, who by watching them seek to gain knowledge of life and death. Therefore, the novel risks adhering to a traditional, patriarchal theme, where men are the active subjects and women are the passive objects. By reading against the grain and focusing on the sisters' stories told in glimpses through the narrators' voices, however, it emerges that The Virgin Suicides carries a feminist message that runs counter to the objectification and silencing of the young women.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 26 p.
Keyword [en]
Feminist theory, gaze, objectification, suicide
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Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-15931OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-15931DiVA: diva2:435753
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English
Uppsok
Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2011-09-14 Created: 2011-08-19 Last updated: 2011-09-14Bibliographically approved

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