Louise Erdrich | Critical Essay by Susan Castillo

This literature criticism consists of approximately 11 pages of analysis & critique of Louise Erdrich.
This section contains 3,242 words
(approx. 11 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Susan Castillo

SOURCE: "Women Aging into Power: Fictional Representations of Power and Authority in Louise Erdrich's Female Characters," in Studies in American Indian Literatures, Vol. 8, No. 4, Winter, 1996, pp. 13-20.

In the following essay, Castillo examines issues of women and power in Erdrich's novels.

Some years ago, when I was casting around for a topic for my Ph.D. thesis, I was struck, as I read so-called canonical authors, by the number of female protagonists in American literature who come to unsavory or untimely ends. Heroines, particularly those who challenge prevailing social and cultural norms, are all too prone to every sort of disaster: they are either condemned to social ostracism (as is the case with Hester Prynne in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter or Sister Carrie in the novel by the same name by Theodore Dreiser) or die in ways which are more or less aesthetically appealing...

(read more)

This section contains 3,242 words
(approx. 11 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Susan Castillo
Copyrights
Gale
Critical Essay by Susan Castillo from Gale. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook