It focuses on relationships between second-wave feminists and today's young women in the context of emergent third-wave feminist discourse; of the not quite overdeveloped society of the US Caribbean territory where I teach; and of second-wave's renewed focus on feminist realism and the basic question, "what is a woman?
At different historical times, the female protagonists challenge societal rules in order to ensure their physical, mental, and emotional survival, thus echoing third-wave feminist reclamation of sexist slurs like "bitch," "witch," and "slut" as terms of empowerment, and denoting how these slurs were part of a thought style deed to legitimize abuse and pass it as normalcy.
This article comes from an educational experience conducted in a third-semester course in Italian language and culture on my campus, the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, in the fall of It gives voice to my concern about the relationships between second-wave feminists and today's young women, especially those in not quite overdeveloped societies such as the Caribbean island where I teach.
As an affiliated territory, Puerto Rico is in many ways a colony of the United States, where the American colonial influence superimposes itself on the Spanish post-colonial legacy, as the local use of their respective languages exemplifies.
As a professor who came to UPR from California, I am automatically constructed as a "foreigner," often a euphemism for estadoundense literally United-States-iana group locals often distrust. This negative construction is mitigated by my being originally from Italy, which enhances my affinity with Romance languages and cultures, and gives a more natural accent to my fluent Spanish.
The mentioned educational experience and my reflections about it happened in the context of an emerging third-wave feminist discourse, and while major second-wave feminists are reconsidering their priorities. The novels were read with a group of students who, thanks to their native fluency in Spanish, and to the similarities between Spanish and Italian, were able to use the Italian originals rather than translations.
Set in the Italian 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, respectively, the novels provide examples of women who challenge societal rules in order to ensure their own physical, mental, and emotional survival. Our third-semester course in Italian Language and Culture is part of the traditional curriculum rather than a program on women or gender studies. Yet, by my Author: Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio. Date: Spring From: Women and Language Vol. Publisher: George Mason University.
Document Type: Article. Length: 7, words.
Article Preview :. Introduction This article comes from an educational experience conducted in a third-semester course in Italian language and culture on my campus, the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, in the fall of Contextual Analysis Theory Our third-semester course in Italian Language and Culture is part of the traditional curriculum rather than a program on women or gender studies.
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