S-Space Researcher Institutes (연구소) American Studies Institute (미국학연구소) 미국학 미국학 Volume 37 Number 1/2 (2014)
Female Ramblers and the Reconstruction of Private Space in Jane Eyre, Passing and Girls
- Kim, Sun Jai
- Issue Date
- 서울대학교 미국학연구소
- 미국학, Vol.37 No.1, pp. 83-111
- the act of female rambling; the reconstruction of private space; female bodies; sexuality; agency
- In this paper, focusing on the moments where female ramblers make significant movements in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (1847), Nella Larsen’s Passing (1929), and Lena Dunham’s Girls (2012), I explore the way the texts questions the constraint on female bodies through the window of female rambling and the texts deal with the dynamics embedded in the reconstruction of private space where a female achieves a fresh sense of agency through her experience of rambling or her imaginary rambling. This paper refers to Walter Benjamin’s notion of the flâneur while revising it, while accepting the view of Virginia Woolf’s narrator in A Room of One’s Own where she urges a female writer to do an imaginary rambling to restore the unrecorded histories on the streets. This paper suggests that the movements of female ramblers in the above texts dramatically embody and explore the potentiality embedded in Woolf’s notion of imaginary rambling.