Urban Captivity Narratives: Women’s Writing After 9/11

1st Edition

Heather Hillsburg

Routledge
August 19, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 176 Pages
ISBN 9780367271718 - CAT# K425273
Series: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Literature

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Summary

Evolving from a rigorous study of post-9/11 women's writing, Dr. Heather Hillsburg's new monograph identifies an emerging genre, which she names Urban Captivity Narratives. Using examples ranging from memoir to young adult fiction, each of the texts examined in the study follows a female protagonist who has survived abduction, been held captive for months or even years, and subjected to sexual, emotional, and physical abuse by their captor. Hillsburg contextualizes these narratives, and takes into consideration our current political atmosphere, the role of patriarchy, and various social anxieties that come into play when discussing the kind of oppression seen in these narratives.

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