Resistance in the Prairie: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House Series and the (Male) Mythologies of the Frontier

Belaid Afettouche, Amar Guendouzi

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Since Jackson Turner’s The Significance of the Frontier in American History (1893), the legendary American Westward Frontier is often regarded as a male-dominated space, wherein women are absent or relegated into a subaltern position involving mostly and simply the four principles of the Victorian‘cult of womanhood’, namely piety, purity, submissiveness, and domesticity.

Contrary to this dominant view, this paper tries to demonstrate that the Frontier was not solely a masculine monolithic space; it was alsoan ideological stage engaged byAmerican women writers in their discussions of gender-related issues, such as social roles, the private and the public spaces. For this sake, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House seriesis studied in order to illustrate how the author contests the dominant narrative of the Frontier by dialogizing the discourse of her male counterparts and negotiating a new relationship with the natural landscape of the Frontier.


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