A Feminist Countergenealogy of Black Female Subjects in Europe - An Analysis of Helen Oyeyemi's works 'Gingerbread' and 'The Icarus Girl'

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dc.contributor.advisor Bassi, Shaul it_IT
dc.contributor.author Sardella, Alessia <1992> it_IT
dc.date.accessioned 2022-02-22 it_IT
dc.date.accessioned 2022-06-22T07:45:31Z
dc.date.issued 2022-03-30 it_IT
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10579/20647
dc.description.abstract Feminism has proved to be a resourceful source in the critique of the discourse of ‘identity politics’, which led to much debate. Similarly, blackness has always been a contested ground calling for a unifying definition. This work will analyze two of Helen Oyeyemi's works, 'The Icarus Girl' and 'Gingerbread', focusing on their young black female protagonists, Jess and Perdita, as much as on the mother of the latter, Harriet, the other co-protagonist of the novel. Foregrounding Europe and Britain as the common sociocultural backgrounds, this work will draw ideas and theories around the topics of blackness and female subjectivities and identities from several fields, such as black feminism. Both the two young characters prove how much convoluted could be to define oneself today – being a young black girl born and raised in Europe - grading it against certain fixed social, cultural and historical frames. Their journey unfolds along the themes of diaspora, return and mother and daughter nexus. As a result, this Master thesis remarks that identity has always been but a slippery terrain, on which power has been constructed in terms of structural, vertical relationships. Consequently, this work considers the examined novels as a direct result of the latter statement and as attempts of subversion in drawing new models of black female subjectivities, as much as contributions towards a black European feminist genealogy, carving out spaces for creativity and criticism for this project. it_IT
dc.language.iso en it_IT
dc.publisher Università Ca' Foscari Venezia it_IT
dc.rights © Alessia Sardella, 2022 it_IT
dc.title A Feminist Countergenealogy of Black Female Subjects in Europe - An Analysis of Helen Oyeyemi's works 'Gingerbread' and 'The Icarus Girl' it_IT
dc.title.alternative a feminist countergenealogy of black female subjects in europe it_IT
dc.type Master's Degree Thesis it_IT
dc.degree.name Lingue e letterature europee, americane e postcoloniali it_IT
dc.degree.level Laurea magistrale it_IT
dc.degree.grantor Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Culturali Comparati it_IT
dc.description.academicyear 2020/2021 - sessione straordinaria - 7 marzo 2022 it_IT
dc.rights.accessrights closedAccess it_IT
dc.thesis.matricno 871806 it_IT
dc.subject.miur L-LIN/10 LETTERATURA INGLESE it_IT
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dc.date.embargoend 10000-01-01
dc.provenance.upload Alessia Sardella (871806@stud.unive.it), 2022-02-22 it_IT
dc.provenance.plagiarycheck Shaul Bassi (bassi@unive.it), 2022-03-07 it_IT

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