Independence Versus Community: Gendered Contradictions in Margaret Laurence's <em>The Stone Angel</em> and <em>The Fire-Dwellers</em>


  • Cinda Gault Teaches at York University, where her doctoral dissertation, <em>Female and National Identities: Laurence, Atwood, and Engel, 1965-1980</em>, focussed on Canadian women writers who came to publishing prominence during the Canadian nationalist and second-wave feminist movements. Recent work examines Margaret Laurence's critical reception.


Hagar and Stacey, two of Margaret Laurence's protagonists not usually considered together, share a host of gendered contradictions in their efforts to live full and balanced lives. They are victimized by their efforts to survive, strive for agency only to find themselves more contained, and meet their needs by contributing to their own oppression. Résumé Hagar et Stacey, deux des protagonistes de Margaret Laurence qui ne sont pas habituellement considérées ensemble, partage un bon nombre de contradictions dans leurs efforts pour vivre des vies pleines et équilibrées. Elles sont victimes par leurs efforts pour survivre, elles s’efforcent pour l’agence pour se voir encore plus contenues, et rencontrent leurs besoins en contribuant à leur propre oppression.


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