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A Double Hearing (to close)

Christi A. Merrill

in Riddles of Belonging

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229550
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241064 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823229550.003.0008
A Double Hearing (to close)

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In this book, tragedy is not the fact of same-sex union but of a patriarchal system that renders women property and men property owners. When the men in the town insist the two women cannot stay married, the two lovers exile themselves and find refuge in an old ruin inhabited — serendipitously enough — by ghosts who take their side against the conservative townspeople. This book thus appropriates traditional storytelling techniques to challenge traditional unexamined notions of right and wrong, and in the process challenges us to rethink our relationship to past, present, and future. Such examples of double entendre might allow us to account for the complex investments we have in these tales of injustice to speak for those we understand to be otherwise silenced and disempowered.

Keywords: patriarchal system; storytelling; injustice; serendipitously; double entendre

Chapter.  4091 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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