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Cedar Crest Student to Present at LVAIC Women's Conference
Sascha Fink is a junior English major at Cedar Crest College who will discuss her research paper, “Mythological and Archetypal Feminism in A Sorrowful Woman,” at the LVAIC Women’s Conference as part of a panel on gender identity. She joins fellow Cedar Crest English majors, sophomore Rachel Morgandale and senior Maureen Leupold, as presenters at the research conference. They were all encouraged to submit papers to the conference by English Professor LuAnn Fletcher.
Below are brief excerpts from her paper on the Gail Godwin short story:
“It is tempting to view the protagonist as being a victim of mental breakdown; however, the protagonist of “A Sorrowful Woman” is far from insane. It is easier to rationalize her behavior as being the result of mental illness rather than to consider the deep struggle within her soul.”
“Godwin’s protagonist needs no man to care for her. She is perceived to be mad yet is saner in many ways than her husband, recognizing the need for internal strength; not validation from any man. She rejects the idea that to be made whole a woman must embrace the dominant male cultural belief that marriage and motherhood is the only road to individuation.”