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ISSN 2301-5829

Vol. 6 / No. 1 / Published : 2017-01

TOC : 8, and page :69 - 75

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Original Article :

Finding a way to survive from domestic violence: feminist reading on rainbow rowell's eleanor & park

Author :

  1. Inke Yudhitia Savitri*1
  2. Titien Diah Soelistyarini*2
  1. Mahasiswa Fakultas Ilmu Budaya
  2. Dosen Fakultas Ilmu Budaya

Abstract :

This study aimed at revealing the patriarchal oppression experienced by the main character, Eleanor, in a novel entitled Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Portrayed as a young girl growing up in the midst of domestic violence, Eleanor has to deal with oppression in a form of domestic violence from her stepfather. To analyze Eleanor’s experience as victim of child abuse, feminist criticism on children’s literature is applied as the main theory, which focuses on discussing child’s responses to patriarchal oppression. This study is a qualitative research in which the primary data is obtained from the novel. Library research was conducted to collect secondary data from books, journals, and other resources related to the issue of domestic violence that become the main focus of the analysis. This study showed that having been through oppression and violence in her young age, Eleanor attempted to find her own way to survive and fight for her rights. By doing so, she also survived the oppression by breaking the traditional gender roles as she gained herself strength and power to escape from the oppression.

Keyword :

child abuse, children’s literature, domestic violence, gender stereotype, patriarchy,

References :

  1. Communities Against Rape and Abuse, (2005). GENDER OPPRESSION, ABUSE, VIOLENCE. 41 : Article, Seattle: INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence
  2. McGillis, Roderick, (2012). Voices of the Other: Children's Literature and the Postcolonial Context. - : London & New York: Routledge
  3. Sultana, Abeda, (2010). Patriarchy and Women’s Subordination: A Theoretical Analysis. - : PhD Article, The Arts Faculty Journal


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