The Glory of the Conquered: Speaking Silence of Women's Space in Susan Glaspell's 'A Jury of Her Peers'/ Magluplarin Zaferi: Susan Glaspell'in 'A Jury of Her Peers' Adli Oykusunde Kadinlarin Konusan Sessizligi (Critical Essay)
Kadin/Woman 2000 2008, June, 9, 1
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Abstract Throughout the twentieth century women theoreticians and writers have examined the relationship between gender and space and haw power mechanisms operate through this relationship. One of the outstanding examples of these writers is Susan Glaspell. Glaspell focuses on how private space enables women, who are deprived of language, to claim a language of their own in her short story 'A Jury of Her Peers'. In this story, private space turns out to be a text that enables women to communicate. However, this communication is not woven totally of words but of certain signs of female experience. The most prominent sign is the quilt made by Minnie Foster, the murder suspect in the story. The traces that Minnie leaves--consciously or unconsciously--in her household and on the patterns of the quilt enable a dialogue among the female characters, and provide the necessary clues for the two women to solve the mystery of the murder of her husband. Minnie and the other women communicate throughout the story, though Minnie is not present but only mentioned in the story. The medium of this communication is the oblique language of women that men cannot decode. Thus this language is not one that is constructed of words and that serves the operation of the patriarchal order, but a kind of female language.
- Category: Social Science
- Published: 01 June 2008
- Publisher: Eastern Mediterranean University
- Print Length: 16 Pages
- Language: English