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Street Theater

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  • Women'S Studies|Literature
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Close examination of the Short-story reveals a fragment of life rendered through lightning impressions, which are compressions, and which exhibit a skill of omission. Particularly, in the writings of women, omissions challenge writing codes. ^ Writing codes dictate conventional expectations of narrative, of gender, of race. Writing codes would marginalize the unconventional, and by so doing, maintain the status quo. Like penal sentences these codes impose a role-identity not only on the characters and the narrative-proper, but also on the author. Self recovery from writing codes requires a subversive escape from a location of no choice in topic. ^ Street Theater is a collection of nine Short-stories which resist those codes that perpetuate stereotypes of gender and race. I place this work as a modern, figurative slave narrative, a choral testimony of the cultural degradations perpetrated on women, North and South. ^

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