Skip navigation

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Femininity in the position of the oppressed in Nino Ricci's "Lives of the Saints" : a Comparison to Nelly Arcan's "Putain" in Canadian and Quebec literary portrayals of contemporary womanhood
Authors: Drab, Ewa
Keywords: womanhood; oppressor; subjugation; Ricci; Arcan
Issue Date: 2013
Citation: Romanica Silesiana, No. 8, t. 1 (2013), s. 292-301
Abstract: Nino Ricci, an award-winning English-speaking Italian descendant, and Nelly Arcan, suicidal Quebecker from Montreal, portray contemporary womanhood as seen through the lenses of oppression. In Ricci’s Lives of the Saints the figure of mother becomes a curse of the woman’s son, whose whole existence is conditioned by his mother’s incidental and adulterous pregnancy. The mother shifts from the position of an individual to the position of a symbol by becoming sinful representation of her disobedience in the relation to social rules. She is dominated by masculine gaze and rules established by men. Inversely acts Cynthia, the prostitute in Nelly Arcan’s Putain, who chooses her fate intentionally but who is equally conditioned by the social environment in which she grew up. Being a prostitute is an act of succumbing to masculine tyranny.
ISSN: 1898-2433
Appears in Collections:Artykuły (W.Hum.)

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Drab_Femininity_in_the_position_of_the_oppressed.pdf500,82 kBAdobe PDFView/Open
Show full item record

Uznanie autorstwa - użycie niekomercyjne, bez utworów zależnych 3.0 Polska Creative Commons License Creative Commons