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Exploring women's alienation in works of John Steinbeck

Penelope Moraitis

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ISBN 10: 3668031347 / ISBN 13: 9783668031340
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Neuware - Doctoral Thesis / Dissertation from the year 2000 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 7/10, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (Department of English Studies), language: English, comment: Non-native speaker, abstract: This study focuses on the theme of the alienated woman in John Steinbeck's canon. The novelist, consistent in his depiction of his female characters as stereotypes from the beginning of his career as a writer until the end, reveals the alienation they experience in the predetermined roles they assume in life - mothers, wives, sexual objects. The term alienation is applied to describe a certain condition Steinbeck's women figures experience, as this is defined in the context of Socialist Feminist thought, particularly Alison Jaggar's reinterpretation of the Marxist concept of alienation. Despite their ostensible differences, female characters in Steinbeck's writing share a common characteristic; they are alienated from the product upon which they 'work'. As prostitutes, when their role and motif is erotic, Steinbeck's female figures are - in the same way a factory worker is alienated from his product - alienated from themselves and their body which becomes an object for men. In turn, wives are not seen as entities who feel, suffer, think to act independently, but confined within the boundaries of their domesticity are objectified to the extreme and are relentlessly exploited. Depicting his female characters in the role of mother are stereotypes of a socially accepted model, the author not only attempts to render the reality of his time, and to understand motherhood as one of the facets of woman's polymorphic existence, but also to reveal the alienation woman experience, obliged to act in such a stereotyped mother role. The perpetuation of mothering in its existing form is also sharply depicted by Steinbeck in the mother/daughter pattern. Despite his being labeled as a 'masculine' writer John Steinbeck dares to present through his works, moreover, tabooed subjects such as surrogate parenting and male sterility. What is more, his heroines are not mere stereotypes but vivid portrayals of women in anguish. 128 pp. Englisch. Bookseller Inventory # 9783668031340

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Reseña del editor: Doctoral Thesis / Dissertation from the year 2000 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 7/10, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (Department of English Studies), language: English, comment: Non-native speaker, abstract: This study focuses on the theme of the alienated woman in John Steinbeck's canon. The novelist, consistent in his depiction of his female characters as stereotypes from the beginning of his career as a writer until the end, reveals the alienation they experience in the predetermined roles they assume in life - mothers, wives, sexual objects. The term alienation is applied to describe a certain condition Steinbeck's women figures experience, as this is defined in the context of Socialist Feminist thought, particularly Alison Jaggar's reinterpretation of the Marxist concept of alienation. Despite their ostensible differences, female characters in Steinbeck's writing share a common characteristic; they are alienated from the product upon which they "work". As prostitutes, when their role and motif is erotic, Steinbeck's female figures are - in the same way a factory worker is alienated from his product - alienated from themselves and their body which becomes an object for men. In turn, wives are not seen as entities who feel, suffer, think to act independently, but confined within the boundaries of their domesticity are objectified to the extreme and are relentlessly exploited. Depicting his female characters in the role of mother are stereotypes of a socially accepted model, the author not only attempts to render the reality of his time, and to understand motherhood as one of the facets of woman's polymorphic existence, but also to reveal the alienation woman experience, obliged to act in such a stereotyped mother role. The perpetuation of mothering in its existing form is also sharply depicted by Steinbeck in the mother/daughter pattern. Despite his being labeled as a "masculine" writer John Steinbeck dares to present through

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