Scarlett O'Hara as Feminist: The Contradictory, Normalizing Force of Law and Culture
Julie M. Spanbauer
The John Marshall Law School
February 18, 2011
Law Text Culture, Vol. 5, No. 2, p. 45, 2001
I believe it is worthwhile to analyze Scarlett O'Hara for the simple reason that so many women continue to read the book and to be drawn to her character rather than to the author's intended heroine, Melanie Wilkes. We, as feminist teachers and scholars, whose works these women are not reading, can learn about the fears, beliefs, and struggles of so many women within society by analyzing what they read and think about. Rather than "just talking to ourselves," we can and should focus on the wider, popular culture and inquire as to what the widely read literature within this arena might be saying about women.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 32
Keywords: literature, feminist narratives, power and culture, feminism, females in popular culture, feminist scholarsAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: February 22, 2011
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