Citizen Buck – Reflections on Pearl Buck and questions of representation
2006 (English)In: Gender and Citizenship In a Multicultural Context: 6th European Gender Research Conference, University of Łódź, Poland, 2006-08-31/2006-09-03, 2006Conference paper (Refereed)
This paper will discuss the bestselling writer and Nobel Laureate Pearl Buck (1892-1973). The overall purpose is to discuss issues of representation and citizenship (in a broad sense) from a feminist and postcolonial perspective. In spite of Pearl Bucks outstanding literary career and bestselling history she belongs to the group of (women) writers that today are almost totally forgotten. Fallen into oblivion even more is her work as an intellectual raising her voice against racism and sexism. (At least this is the case in Sweden. In the Nationalencyklopedin - the Swedish national Encyclopaedia- she is described very briefly as an American writer and Nobel Laureate; the article does not mention her work as an intellectual. There are also almost no articles written about her during the last thirty years. For example Peter Conn’s important biography Pearl S. Buck. A Cultural biography from 1996 did not get any attention in Sweden. Peter Conn’s biography is also one of the few studies of Buck and her work that has been done.) I believe that her work as a writer and an intellectual (in the true Bourdieuan sense of the word) can contribute to our understanding of a number of important questions that are on the agenda today. In this paper I will focus on gender and race and the questions of citizenship and representation. Pearl Buck as a citizen practising her rights and fulfilling her obligations as a citizen will surely teach us something about gender and citizenship in a multicultural context.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-13379OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-13379DiVA: diva2:179899