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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

"The Virgin Suicides" by Jeffrey Eugenides: An Analysis of Female vs. Autistic Spaces

Jeffrey Eugenides' "The Virgin Suicides" gives an outside perspective of the downward spiral of five teenage sisters that ultimately results in their deaths. By looking at the sisters and people with autism, it is possible to draw connections between the individual groups and the spaces they occupy within their communities. This presentation links women and gender with psychology in an effort to better understand the problems faced by teenage girls and autistics. By considering the similarities between these two groups, it is possible that we may better understand and heed to Eugenidesí warning about mental health issues in our world today.

Presenter: Jordynn Bree (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Women and Gender Studies
Location: 217 Hartwell
Time: 1:30 pm (Session III)