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Hilary McGowan's picture

Gender matters?

In our session downstairs during Thursday's class, we dissected the class into smaller groups of 3 or 4. We discussed the relative feeling that the entire class had with the somewhat feeling of ambiguity of the author's voice at the beginning of the book. I found it a little strange to think of the narrator as purely male or female at the beginning, I just didn't have those thoughts. It's strange to see the differences in how people perceive books and characters within that text. Some opened up the book to find a person who simply was speaking, without needing to have to picture them as a whole entity within their heads. Others found it necessary and a bit confusing to try to relate a body/sex with the words. Why is it so important to see a gender with an author's writing? Is the gender of a character really change or manipulate the effect of what they're saying?


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