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February 25, 2013 EN 218 Lecture 22 Jamaica Kincaid - “Girl” - Relationship between identity and language - How political systems shape identities before you’re aware that your identity is being shaped for you o Manipulation by political systems on your identity by using language - Kincaid o Colonialism and how it intersects with gender o Patriarchy o Bound up in colonialism are questions about race o Interested in tackling questions of powerlessness…anyone can be powerless and it is not only about race o Politics bound up in race, but no exclusively defined by it - How does your grammatical part of speech allow Kincaid to make an argument about powerlessness? o Semicolon  No choice to stop reading  Overwhelming  Meta-textual  Daughter has no time to interject – limited response time  Indoctrinating this girl on how to become a good woman  How deeply internalized these values have become because of semicolon o Imperative verb tense  No options  “Try” to walk like a lady – condescending  These are not suggestions  Being a good woman is performance  Performance suggests that gender identity is not innate  Sense of self isn’t just made by you – it’s constructed by other people
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