IAH 207 Final Study Guide

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IAH 207 Final Study Guide Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston - a woman’s struggle with identity as a minority in American culture. -she combines legend with truth and past with present. By doing this she ties the American was of life in with the Chinese way of life. It is important to realize the two can coexist. -the jumping around gives a feeling of chaos -she combines her experiences with the stories that her mother has repeated to her dozens of times. -trauma of assimilation -talk story -standards of American feminist - both Chinese and American but doesn’t fit either Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw -shows the class/ accent as part of the arbitrariness of social divisions - problems in class in culture -social experiment -how far can you change your identity, how far can you move? -language, identities are fluid, subject to cultural and literary forces. -by changing linguistics, hygiene, morals, and manners she is able to fool outsiders For the encouragement of people troubled with accents that cut them off from all high class employment. The change of Eliza is neither impossible nor uncommon. - theater is a place where social mobility can be achieved. -identity themselves are fluid subject to cultural and literary forces. - Pygmalion is not merely exposing the class/ accent as part of the arbitrariness of social divisions. It is modern commercial society necessitates social invention and negotiation. What’s your name? Liza Doolittle. Eliza, Elizabeth, Betsy, Bess. -here they are being rude, it’s a power play against Eliza, Already showing that they are
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course IAH 207 taught by Professor Johns during the Fall '08 term at Michigan State University.

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