How Femininity in Chinese and American Culture Confused and Established the Narrator's Identity in The Woman Warrior

  • Joanna Thunberg

Student thesis: Bachelor

Abstract

This essay uses social constructionism and intersectionality to argue that the narrator in The Woman Warrior is experiencing feelings of identity confusion due to the different stereotypes of femininity that American and Chinese culture hold. The experiences are caused mainly by Chinese society, American society, her mother, and the talk-stories told in the book. She also establishes her identity through all four of these categories and comes to the conclusion that the concept of femininity is a stereotype and should not be adhered to as it furthers the patriarchal view of women.

Date of Award2019-Jul-05
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorMaria Bäcke (Supervisor) & Lena Ahlin (Examiner)

Courses and Subjects

  • English

University credits

  • 15 HE credits

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Languages and Literature (602)

Keywords

  • the woman warrior
  • femininity
  • gender
  • social construct(ionism)
  • intersectionality
  • american culture
  • chinese culture
  • mother
  • talk-stories

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