Evolving from a rigorous study of post-9/11 women's writing, Dr. Heather Hillsburg's new monograph identifies an emerging genre, which she names Urban Captivity Narratives. Using examples ranging from memoir to young adult fiction, each of the texts examined in the study follows a female protagonist who has survived abduction, been held captive for months or even years, and subjected to sexual, emotional, and physical abuse by their captor. Hillsburg contextualizes these narratives, and takes into consideration our current political atmosphere, the role of patriarchy, and various social anxieties that come into play when discussing the kind of oppression seen in these narratives.
Introduction: Missing Girls and Women: The Rise of Urban Captivity Narratives
Chapter 1: Food
Chapter 2: Faith
Chapter 3: Filth
Chapter 4: Freedom
Conclusion: Moral Ambiguity in Post 9/11 Times