Culture and region in The revolt of Motherby Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
concepts to think about: the course unit on culture and region brings into tension the two key terms, culture and region, to examine their relationship-to explore how each concept illuminates and in turn depends on the other. How is culture (defined as a set of social practices) defined by region and, vice versa, how is the idea of a particular region shaped by the social practices we associate with it?
possible questions to write about: what are some of the characteristics associated with a region that you find in a text? how do they define the characters that speak in the text? how do the characters relate to the culture of their community–how do they define it, affirm it, resist it, change it? what is their imagined relationship with it?
EXAMPLE: THINK ABOUT THE VILLAGE CULTURE IN FREEMANS STORY THE REVOLT OF MOTHER.WHAT ARE ITS NORMS AND EXPECTATIONS FOR MEN, WOMEN, CHILDREN, FAMILIES, LAND OWNERS, HIRED MEN, MINISTERS? HOW ARE THESE NORMS REPRESENTED AND ENFORCED? HOW DO THEY SHAPE HOW INDIVIDUALS FEEL AND BEHAVE? IN THIS STORY, IS THE REVOLTA CHALLENGE TO, OR AN AFFIRMATION OF, A CULTURAL NORM?