Women 's Movement : Escape As A Post Feminism

940 WordsNov 9, 20154 Pages
In “Women’s Movement: Escape as Transgression in North American Feminist Fiction,” Heidi Macpherson explores the grounds behind female escape in feminist theory and argues that there is no clear escape from society. Although there are multiple means of escaping, one cannot fully escape from society and one is usually forced back into society. With this idea in mind, she critically explores the limitless and boundless abilities of female escape works in North America by providing her readers with a sense of how feminism, and the ways in which one considers escape, have changed from the 1970s and so forth. She also includes other theorist’s ideas to complement her work on how the feminist escape narratives demonstrate how feminists rewrite and rework their endings into a post feminism narrative. Macpherson achieves the purpose of feminist escape narrative exploration through “Women’s Movement” by giving an eye-opening analysis of how the action of escaping is challenging and problematic, but it can be “a significant and often positive response to the domestic sphere” (22). Macpherson ironically begins her literary analysis of feminist theory with a passage from Jack Hodgin’s “The Crossing,” which was a male written short story with a female protagonist who considers escape as “the impetus for a story” (1). This passage helps create Macpherson’s analysis of how to “locate the feminist impulses behind North American escape narratives” in order to “dismantle and refigure the
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