This Eve rejects the apple and Adam picks it: Performativity through gender roles in Pat Barker’s Life Class
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DirectorTorre Moreno, María José De La
Estudios de géneroGender studies
SponsorshipUniversidad de Granada. Grado en Estudios Ingleses. Curso 2017-2018
The following essay deals with a feminist analysis of Pat Barker’s novel Life Class (2008). The main reason behind the choice of applying a gender perspective to this historical novel deals with the fact that the field of gender studies is necessary in our society. In my opinion, it deserves more attention not only by scholars, but also by students who will be teachers in a near future. But, what is also important is that I have always wanted to do an exhaustive research in gender issues. Throughout the whole degree, there are not many opportunities of giving/ using critical knowledge for the analysis of an entire novel. It is definitely challenging, but also rewarding. The main goals expected from this project were quite many. First, to prove that any sort of novel, a historical one in this case, and similar texts can be analyzed from a critical and feminist point of view (when having the proper tools, in this case, tools are achieved through researching). Second, to deconstruct stereotypes regarding gender, and of course, making readers aware of the myths that govern our –still very patriarchal- society. Third, to show people that feminism, and the scholars who study it, can be as serious and productive as any other field of research. Fourth, to warn society against the false reality given by the media in general, but especially, statements regarding feminism that tend to be imprecise and subjective. Lastly, to achieve a better understanding of problematized and confusing terms in relation to historical novel and gender issues.