Edited By Anna Suwalska-Kolecka and Izabella Penier
Demystifying Common Pain in Linda Hogan’s The Woman Who Watches Over the World: A Native Memoir
Abstract: In her book Linda Hogan, a contemporary Native American writer, relates her life’s story not refraining from traumatic events. Hogan shares memories including her childhood, dubious teenage affair with a man twice her senior, drinking episodes, instances of abuse or her nearly fatal horse riding accident. Initially, the described events seem overly general. As the story unfolds, however, the events which are at first only alluded to become graver. The paper argues that individual’s pain may seem recognisable to readers regardless of their origin, since the experiences of suffering, abuse, poverty or discrimination appear common not exclusively in literature.
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