In this work, gender issues presented in some theories and critical studies, such as Beauvoir, Wittig, Butler and Hollanda will be discussed. Based on those theories, two contemporary novels will be analyzed: Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees (2002), and Lygia Bojunga's, Sapato de Salto (2006). This will be done in order to compare how each writer presents the protagonists education process. Since these novels are considered female Bildungsromane, it is also necessary to verify how the shape of these coming-of-age novels (Bildungsroman) influences the main character feminine constructions (gender). It is pertinent to highlight that the protagonists formation will be evaluated according to the critical perspectives adopted, in which the subject is performative and claim positions as a mark of their own identity. As a critical-theoretical background, it will be used the works of Laclau (1990), Ortiz (1994) and Sousa Santos (2001, 2004) to contextualize the period in which the narratives are embedded (contemporaneity), Pinto´s (1990) and Maas´s (2000) works, in order to examine the coming-of-age novel, traditional or female, and Beauvoir´s (1974), Wittig´s (1982), Hollanda´s (1994) and Butler´s (1990, 2001, 2004) approach to female gender studies.
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