Resistance to Containment and Conquest in Sarah Winnemucca’s Life Among the Piutes and María Amparo Ruiz de Burton’s Who Would Have Th ought It? A. Laurie Lowrance As Amy Kaplan discusses, the concept of the nation as a domes- tic space tied widely held views of womanhood and domesticity di- rectly to nation building. While earlier attitudes confi ned women strictly to the home and to raising children, technological advanc- es and an expanding nation changed women’s roles and redefi ned the purpose and scope of the domestic sphere. At the same time, on a national level, continued westward expansion unsettled the boundaries between what was domestic and what was foreign. Ka- plan notes, “In this context domestic has a double meaning that not only links the familial to the nation but also imagines both in oppo- sition to everything outside the geographic and conceptual border of the home” (581). She continues, “When we contrast the domestic sphere with the market or political realm, men and women inhabit a divided social terrain, but when we oppose the domestic to the foreign, men and women become national allies against the alien, and the determining division is not gender but racial
Western American Literature – The Western Literature Association
Published: Feb 9, 2018
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