Spheres of Identity: An Analysis of the Figure of the Kind Mistress in Female Captivity Narratives

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Title:
Spheres of Identity: An Analysis of the Figure of the Kind Mistress in Female Captivity Narratives
Author:
Long, Jordyn May
Issue Date:
2015
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
This paper discusses the recurring figure of the kind mistress in female captivity narratives, particularly in Mary Rowlandson's The Sovereignty and Goodness of God and Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. The figure of the kind mistress emphasizes two spheres of influence as they operate in the text: one sphere dominated by men and the other by women. The male sphere is characterized by economic exchanges, legalities, and dehumanization of the captive, whereas the female sphere is characterized by compassion, survival, and secrecy. This figure presents the reader with a space, physical or imaginary, where the influence of the captors is greatly reduced if not non-existent, and suggests a united female identity based on common subjugation and male oppression. The figure of the kind mistress offers a powerful insight into the nature of male/female relations within the context of captivity.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.A.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; English
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Hurh, Paul

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.titleSpheres of Identity: An Analysis of the Figure of the Kind Mistress in Female Captivity Narrativesen_US
dc.creatorLong, Jordyn Mayen
dc.contributor.authorLong, Jordyn Mayen
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en
dc.description.abstractThis paper discusses the recurring figure of the kind mistress in female captivity narratives, particularly in Mary Rowlandson's The Sovereignty and Goodness of God and Harriet Jacobs' Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. The figure of the kind mistress emphasizes two spheres of influence as they operate in the text: one sphere dominated by men and the other by women. The male sphere is characterized by economic exchanges, legalities, and dehumanization of the captive, whereas the female sphere is characterized by compassion, survival, and secrecy. This figure presents the reader with a space, physical or imaginary, where the influence of the captors is greatly reduced if not non-existent, and suggests a united female identity based on common subjugation and male oppression. The figure of the kind mistress offers a powerful insight into the nature of male/female relations within the context of captivity.en
dc.typetexten
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen
thesis.degree.nameB.A.en
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
dc.contributor.advisorHurh, Paulen
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