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dc.contributor.advisorChansky, Ricia Anne
dc.contributor.authorRoberts, Krista E.
dc.description.abstractThis thesis reads the breast cancer memoir, Cancer Vixen by Marisa Marchetto, in the shadow of The Cancer Journals by Audre Lorde, working to situate the text within the context of its very complex relationships with trauma telling and self-help motives. While both of these cancer narratives have been taken up in academic discourse, few scholars have sought to challenge the relegation of trauma metaphors to the literal background of Cancer Vixen, a practice informed by Lorde’s focus on the political (as opposed to the emotional) in her text. This thesis connects the political act of this placement of trauma in Cancer Vixen in order to call attention to the ways in which Marchetto devalues other women, an act that directly opposes Lorde’s text. Ultimately, this project argues that Cancer Vixen’s position as a self-help text shapes the ways in which breast cancer politics are represented and that this text, therefore, aligns more closely with the hyper-positive rhetorics of pink ribbon philanthropy than it does with Lorde’s call to concrete political actions.
dc.description.abstractEsta tesis tiene como objetivo situar las narrativas autobiográficas de cáncer de mama, The Cancer Journals por Audre Lorde y Cancer Vixen por Marisa Marchetto, dentro del contexto de la relación bastante compleja con narrativas de trauma y motivos de autoayuda. Mientras ambas de estos textos han sido ocupadas en discursos académicos, pocos estudiosos han intentado desafiar la relegación de las metáforas de trauma hacia un trasfondo literal de Cancer Vixen, una práctica informada por el enfoque de Lorde en la política (a diferencia de lo emocional) en su texto. Esta tesis intenta conectar el acto político de esta colocación de trauma en Cancer Vixen con el propósito de llamar la atención sobre las formas que Marchetto devalúa otras mujeres; un acto que opone directamente el texto de Lorde. Finalmente, argumento que la posición de Cancer Vixen como un texto de autoayuda moldea la forma en que la política de cáncer de mama es representado, y que este texto como representación se alinea más estrechamente con la retorica híper-positiva de la filantropía del lazo rosado que con la llamada de acción de Lorde.
dc.subjectBreast cancer patients' writingsen_US
dc.subjectPink ribbonen_US
dc.subjectSelf-help genreen_US
dc.subject.lcshCancer in literatureen_US
dc.subject.lcshCancer patients' writings, Americanen_US
dc.subject.lcshBreast cancer -- Patients -- United States -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etcen_US
dc.subject.lcshMarchetto, Marisa Acocella -- Comic books, strips, etc.en_US
dc.subject.lcshLorde, Audre -- Diariesen_US
dc.titlePink shadows: A comparison of the internal/external in Cancer Vixen and The Cancer Journalsen_US
dc.rights.licenseAll rights reserveden_US
dc.rights.holder(c) 2014 Krista E. Robertsen_US
dc.contributor.committeeLamore, Eric D.
dc.contributor.committeeMazak, Catherine
dc.contributor.committeeHipchen, Emily
dc.contributor.committeeRivera, Rosita
dc.contributor.representativeMaldonado, Noemi Educationen_US
dc.contributor.collegeCollege of Arts and Sciences - Artsen_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Englishen_US

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