A White Heron | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 77 pages of analysis & critique of A White Heron.
This section contains 20,151 words
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SOURCE: “‘A White Heron’ as a Nun-such,” in “A White Heron” and the Question of Minor Literature, University of Wisconsin Press, 1984, pp. 73–117.

In the excerpt below, Renza discusses the pros and cons of a radical feminist reading of “A White Heron.” Furthermore, he explores the father-daughter relationship and the psychosexual imagery evident in the story.

They shut me up in Prose— As when a little Girl They put me in the Closet Because they liked me “still”— 
Still! Could themself have peeped— And seen my Brain—go round— They might as wise have lodged a Bird For Treason—in the Pound— 
Himself has but to will And easy as a Star Abolish his Captivity— And laugh—No more have I— 

—Emily Dickinson

This is my birthday and I am always nine years old.

—Sarah Orne Jewett (circa 1897)

A child draws the outline of a body

She draws what...

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This section contains 20,151 words
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