ERIC Number: EJ784948
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
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Surviving Rescue: A Feminist Reading of Scott O'Dell's "Island of the Blue Dolphins"
Baecker, Diann L.
Children's Literature in Education, v38 n3 p195-206 Sep 2007
Scott O'Dell's "Island of the Blue Dolphins" tells the archetypal story of the young, virgin, orphan girl who is vulnerable to either debauchery or rescue. That such a girl must succumb to either one or the other is a necessary element of the archetype. In O'Dell's work--one intended, after all, for children--the heroine is rescued by a paternalistic figure and re-inscribed into the patriarchal world. Yet, in the hands of young readers, "Island"--part fairytale, part rescue narrative, part feminist parable--becomes a story of independence and survival, despite the heroine's "rescue" at the end.
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