Campus Only Senior Thesis
Gender and Women's Studies
© 2014 Anna L. Petkovich
This dual thesis seeks to explore the implications of socioeconomic class position for the formation of gender and sexual identities. Utilizing social theories of class and gender, I suggest that because a disadvantageous class location frames social relations in terms of privilege and movement, gender and sexual identities are thus similarly conceptualized; effectively, gender performance and sexual behaviors become attached to notions of value and movement. I turn to Sandra Cisneros's The House on Mango Street to think through the nuances of such an argument, highlighting the experiences of foiled characters Sally and Esperanza to realize how classed confines and gendered expectations literally and figuratively shape their understandings of social relations and movement.
Petkovich, Anna L., ""Her Power is Her Own": Classed Confines, Gendered Expectations, and Questions of Social Movement in The House on Mango Street" (2014). Scripps Senior Theses. 414.
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