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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

Female Representation in Literature and Popular Culture: A Resemblance of Misogyny- Habituated Society

This presentation investigates female representation in romances, children’s picture books, and high school novels, and exposes a strong correlation between the changes in the female position in literature and changes in women’s status in society, reinforcing the idea that literature and society closely resemble and shape one another. This project also criticizes educators and major educational institutions for lacking pedagogical methods adequate for stimulating the equality of genders and for their low input in constructing the positive representation of women by introducing newer approaches in literary analysis. The paper urges that the construction of positive images of women should not be done through banishing traditional work from the literary canon, but through revisiting these traditional novels and interpreting them in accordance with interests of today’s readers.

Presenter: Razifa Becevic (Graduate Student)
Topic: Women's Studies
Location: 204 Holmes
Time: 9:55 am (Session I)