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ERIC Number: ED315771
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Fictional Narrative as Resistant Argument in Early Twentieth-Century Feminist Writing.
Allen, Julia M.
Helen Forbes, in her short story "The Hunky Woman," written in 1916 for "The Masses," an eclectic Socialist magazine, undermines particular categorical propositions. By using narration with a shifting of narrative voice, Forbes calls into question the validity of the traditional teaching of argumentation. Forbes demonstrates the danger in women's acceptance of the dominant ideology cast in the form of propositions. She also shows how these propositions, buttressed by money, power (in the form of the police), and the institution of marriage can, in effect, cause themselves to become partially true. Although the main conflict in the story seems to be whether one character, Mrs. Atwood, will accept her husband's oppressive general statements, in fact, the story is itself an argument, and the primary conflict is in the mind of the reader. (KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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