1st Edition

Urban Captivity Narratives Women’s Writing After 9/11

By Heather Hillsburg Copyright 2020
    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    152 Pages
    by Routledge

    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


    Heather Hillsburg is a sessional instructor at the University of Victoria in British Colombia Canada. She has recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada. Her research is published in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Feminist Formations, Women’s Studies International Forum, and Sport in Society.