My name is Erik. This is my blog on reading books written by women.
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The theme of this blog post is trauma in personal narratives. This is shown in the novel His Favorites by Kate Walbert. It is also shown in Heart Berries by Terese Mailhot.
Class is an important theme in Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie. It is key to understanding why Aneeka and Eamonn interact.
Belonging is a theme in The Incendiaries by R.O. Kwon. The character Will longs for the feeling of belonging to a group he got when he had religious faith, but fell out of it after a crisis. Phoebe misses her mother after she died in a car crash. She was raised alone by her mother after her mother took her away from her abusive father.
The theme of this blog post is Female Friendship. Female Friendship is prominent in The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. Another book with this theme is Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson. The two books are very different in setting and narrative form, but Female Friendship is something that ties the characters of the two novels together.
For this blog post I will be focusing on the subversion of Fairy Tale myth in Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemei. I will be focusing on the trope of romance and relationship in Fairy tale as Oyeyemei uses them.
To act as an introduction to this blog: I am male, so this entire class of Women's Literature is outside my previous experience. I will not hesitate to admit I am a little out of my comfort zone, but that's what college is for, pushing you out of your comfort zone to be a well rounded individual. There are I have never realized mattered in life experience that matter to fully half the human population. I will keep an open mind toward the content and the 8 books we read.