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ERIC Number: ED474930
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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Telling Their Stories: Women Construct/Instruct through Survival Rhetoric.
Meagher, Eileen M.
Malika Oufkir of Morocco recounts her story in "Stolen Lives." Loung Ung of Cambodia relates her story in "First, They Killed My Father." Susan McDougal of Arkansas, USA, tells her story in the aptly named, "The Woman Who Wouldn't Talk." This paper looks at the struggles of these three very different women from very different cultures, struggles that saw each woman experience the devastating veiling/eclipse of her core self and yet experience a transformation where each woman's soul emerges from the prisons referred to in writings by Virginia Woolf and Edith Wharton and where each, as Emily Dickinson says, "selects her own society" and discovers herself a "Divine majority." The paper notes that because of their parental influences, mixed cultural backgrounds, and a habit of asserting themselves among outspoken siblings, all three women had a strong sense of justice, independent spirits, an inalienable sense of personal dignity, and the determination to stand up for principle. It also states that while each woman speaks of hatred as giving her a purpose to survive, each focused on living in the moment and that focus became helping others. The paper explains that each of the three women veiled their inner core and appeared through their admission of hatred to take on the patriarchy in a patriarchal manner. It finds that, however, in the silence, they were drawn even in their hesitation, doubt, and confusion to listen to that core and nurture it. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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