Julia Alvarez in In the Time of the Butterflies utilizes the female body and sexuality to combat male dominated rhetoric. The use of the female body retrieves women’s forgotten role as subjects instead of objects as seen in male-oriented novel. Expressing sexuality in a way that is determined by women, she discovers new means of verbal or written expression. The female body emerges as a form of expression in Butterflies which at times is connected to one of the characters’ revolutionary participation.
Darren Broome is a Spanish and French professor at Gordon College. He has a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from The University of Alabama, M.A. from Florida State University, and B.B.A.in International Business from The University of Georgia. His research interests are in the area of Contemporary Latin American literature, Contemporary Peninsular literature, linguistics, and foreign language pedagogy.
Broome, Darren K.
"Writing the Female Body in Alvarez's In the Time of the Butterflies,"
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