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Referred pain: privileging male emotions in narrative instances of female physical suffering
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies. (Cyberekon)
2011 (English)In: Journal of Gender Studies, ISSN 0958-9236, E-ISSN 1465-3869, Vol. 20, no 2, 125-137 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyses literary patterns of female subordination, and focuses in particular on what the author terms "referred pain." By juxtaposing two early modern texts, William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and Aphra Behn's Oroonoko, with two modern visual texts, John Woo's Mission Impossible 2 and Baz Lurhman's Moulin Rouge, the author discusses the recurring trope of privileging male emotional suffering over female physical suffering, and suggests that one reason for the continuing popularity of this can be sought in the kinship system and its exchange of women. The article argues for the application of a transhistorical perspective when studying literature, as a means of revealing patterns that may otherwise go unnoticed.

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Routledge , 2011. Vol. 20, no 2, 125-137 p.
Keyword [en]
sexual exploitation, exchange of women, kinship system, transhistoricism, early modern texts, film
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General Literature Studies Studies on Film
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Literature; English
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-45320DOI: 10.1080/09589236.2011.565193OAI: diva2:429164
Available from: 2011-07-04 Created: 2011-07-04 Last updated: 2014-12-04Bibliographically approved

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