A Gynocritical Study of Rowan Coleman’s Novel, the Summer of Impossible Things


  • Yumna Jamal National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad
  • Dr. Farah Hashmi National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad


Gynocriticism, Stereotyping, The Summer of Impossible Things, Gender, Rowan Coleman


This study focuses chiefly on the lead female characters of the story, Luna Sinclair and Marissa ‘Riss’ Lupo, to reveal the gender stereotyping in the novel. The study is based on Elaine Showalter’s theory of gynocriticism to highlight the difficulties faced by women in a patriarchal society. The study deals with the misinterpretation of terms such as ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ as being synonymous in a society and the problems faced by women because of the misinterpretation. Textual analysis method is used to analyze the relevant sections of the text. The analysis of the novel reveals how women in a patriarchal society are stereotyped and are expected to confine themselves to their ‘feminine’ roles only. The study also brings to light how victim blaming is embedded within society, ultimately leading the victims to unwillingly take steps for themselves.


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