The Grove - Working Papers on English Studies <p><strong>ISSN:</strong>&nbsp;1137-005X &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>ISSNe:</strong> 2386-5431&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; <strong>DOI:</strong> 10.17561/grove<br><strong>URL:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="/index.php/grove"></a></p> <p>The major scope of <em>The Grove</em> is literatures in English, critical theory, English language and linguistics, translation, English as a foreign language and cultural studies.</p> en-US The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party. (Almudena Machado Jiménez) (Servicio de Publicaciones UJA) Thu, 24 Oct 2019 11:52:29 +0000 OJS 60 Credits Copyright (c) 2019 The Grove - Working Papers on English Studies Thu, 24 Oct 2019 02:39:43 +0000 Whitening Domestic Spaces: Enacting Female Roles in Anzia Yezierska's The Lost Beautifulness <p>The aim of this research is to give an accurate account of how female stereotypes around the concept of hygiene and domesticity in early 20<sup>th</sup>C North American context influenced newly arrived Eastern European immigrants. Located in New York’s Lower East Side ghetto and determined by their Jewish background, these immigrants’ arrival caused them a cultural shock to the point that they started shaping their identities according to the new standard of beauty and cleanliness related to the Americanness they were eager to perform. For this purpose, Anzia Yezierska’s short story <em>The Lost Beautifulness</em> serves as a referent because it demonstrates the failure of Americanization as the prospective means through which the American Dream could be experienced, a credo which, according to the author, would only reinforce classist policies instead of cancelling them. To this effect, Yezierska depicts the actual consequences for these Jewish female immigrants after attempting to Americanize their private household spaces and maintain, thus, the standard of cleanliness necessary to validate their accurate adaptation to the American culture from their ghettoized and marginalized context.</p> <p><strong>Keywords</strong>: Americanization, Anzia Yezierska, female stereotypes, whitening, domesticity, American Dream</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Rebeca Campos Ferreras Copyright (c) 2019 The Grove - Working Papers on English Studies Wed, 23 Oct 2019 23:27:44 +0000 Jane Austen’s Concerns with Health and Moral Thoughts: The Dashwood Sisters and the Successful Regulation of Sense and Sensibility <p>According to Cartesian principles, in the seventeenth century the body was thought to be subordinated to the mind. Later in the eighteenth-century male authors of medical treatises supported the idea that the interaction of body and mind produced passion and could dangerously turn into mental breakdown. In all her novels Jane Austen showed an enormous interest in all matters concerning medical treatment. In <em>Sense and Sensibility</em>(1811), Austen emphasized illness and suffering by mixing physical health and mental disease with moral and philosophical doctrines. My contention in this article is that moralists, philosophers and thinkers such as Dr Johnson, William Blake, William Godwin, and Adam Smith collaborated with Austen to shape the idea that sensibility was no disease and sense no virtue; instead they propose that human beings, especially women, can obtain individual and collective profit and promote changes not only in the past but also in the present if they regulate their reason and feeling with a practical mindset.</p> <p><strong>Key words:</strong> physical health, mental breakdown, medicine, moral thoughts, regulation of feelings.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> María Teresa González Mínguez Copyright (c) 2019 The Grove - Working Papers on English Studies Wed, 23 Oct 2019 23:29:11 +0000 El quiasmo como desvelo de la otredad: proyecciones especulares y distorsión de la monstruosidad en Los Otros (2001), de Alejandro Amenábar <p>Pivoting around the epicentric character of Grace Stewart, our approach intends to cast a light on the imagery of phantasmagoria, violence and manipulation emerging from the univocal point of view in <em>The Others</em> so as to underline the keys of a necessary deconstruction of the dark mother's central voice in the discourse. Several resisting and peripheral readings as well as figurative marks —the chiasmus being a constant— evince the mother's role as a fallible and schizoid antagonist.</p> <p><strong>Keywords</strong>: chiasmus, ghosts, the others, dark mother, Alejandro Amenábar, point of view</p> Julio Ángel Olivares Merino Copyright (c) 2019 The Grove - Working Papers on English Studies Thu, 24 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +0000 The Tragic Mulatta and Storytelling in Their Eyes Were Watching God <p>The figure of the&nbsp;<em>tragic mulatta</em>&nbsp;placed its origin in antebellum literature and was extensively used in the literature of the nineteenth and twentieth century. Much has been written about this literary character in a time when the problem of miscegenation was at its highest point, and when studies established that races were inherently different, meaning that the black race was inferior to the white one. Many authors have made use of this trope for different purposes, and Zora Neale Hurston was one of them. In her novel&nbsp;<em>Their Eyes Were Watching God</em>, Hurston creates Janie, a mulatta that a priori follows all the characteristics of this type of female character who, however, breaks away from most of them. She overcomes all stereotypes and prejudices, those imposed on her because of her condition of interracial offspring, and is able to take charge of her own life and challenge all these impositions feeling closer to her blackness and celebrating and empowering her female identity. In this vein, storytelling becomes the liberating force that helps her do so. It will become the tool that will enable her to ignore the need of passing as a white person and provide her with the opportunity to connect with her real identity and so feel free and happy, breaking with the tragic destiny of mulatta characters.</p> <p><strong>Keywords</strong>: storytelling, tragic mulatta, blackness, Hurston.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Ana Belén Pérez García Copyright (c) 2019 The Grove - Working Papers on English Studies Thu, 24 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Gender and Victimization in Margaret Atwood's Surfacing <p>Margaret Atwood’s <em>Surfacing </em>(1972), a contemporary classic nowadays, has raised the interest of all kinds of critics. Some of the most remarkable elements in the novel concern feminism, a movement with which the Canadian author has been highly committed. This paper deals with two specific aspects in Atwood’s work in relation to the aforementioned critical approach: gender and victimization. A thorough reading of the novel is thus done in order to detect and subsequently dissect the main instances of both aspects. Special attention is paid to female characters (Anna and the unnamed protagonist), hypersexualized and victimized in the patriarchal microcosms rendered in the story.</p> <p><strong>Keywords: </strong>Atwood, feminism, gender, victimization, hypersexualization, patriarchy</p> Álvaro Pina Arrabal Copyright (c) 2019 The Grove - Working Papers on English Studies Wed, 23 Oct 2019 22:45:04 +0000 The Strange Case of Teaching English Through the Gothic Novel <p class="CuerpoA"><span class="Ninguno"><span lang="EN-US">In this article I endeavour to encourage teachers of Secondary Education to use English literature in their English language lessons. Indeed, literature provides a huge amount of authentic reading materials, making the students practise extensive as well as intensive reading, which is crucial for the foreign language acquisition. Moreover, it is an enormous source of motivation, allowing students to give free rein to their imagination and enjoy their English lessons. The election of gothic fiction is linked to this latter purpose: the 19<sup>th</sup> gothic genre is generally well accepted by adolescents as it represents a way to reflect on themselves through a journey to “self-revelation”. The double personality/identity-theme of R. L. Stevenson’s novel <em>The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde</em> fits well into their interests and their quest for self-knowledge. It offers them the chance to process what they are going through in this often unstable stage of their journey into adulthood by trying to figure out their place in the world.</span></span></p> <p class="CuerpoA"><span lang="EN-US">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="CuerpoA"><strong><span lang="EN-US">Keywords: </span></strong><span lang="EN-US">Reading skill, Literature in ELT, Gothic fiction, R. L. Stevenson, <span class="Ninguno"><em>The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde</em></span>, Double identity</span></p> Simona Maggi Copyright (c) 2019 The Grove - Working Papers on English Studies Thu, 24 Oct 2019 02:10:28 +0000 Lear and Quijote, two wanderers on uneven paths <p>King Lear of Britain and Don Quijote de la Mancha, both old and frail, are dwellers of two very different worlds and eras. The ways they were devised and shaped by William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes generate nonetheless diverse similarities that emphatically expose crucial traits of the human nature.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The meaningful, more obvious dichotomies in the texts – such as Reality/Fantasy, Sight/Blindness, Truth/Falsehood, Loyalty/Treachery – frame the complexity of the protagonists and are metaphors of their antithetical features. On the other hand, their alienation, misapprehension and distortion of the surrounding realities turn them into wanderers on uneven, problematic paths, while their frail physical condition discloses a surface layer that encapsulates assertive individuals.</p> <p>This essay approaches Shakespeare’s and Cervantes’ texts by focusing on such aspects, as well as on the respective contextualisation. Each work constitutes a challenging exemplum of a unique, proficuous broad age that wisely amalgamated the old and the new: amidst a multitude of cultural traditions, King Lear primarily embodies the expansion of Tragedy, while Don Quijote de la Mancha primarily materialises the transition to a new stage of Modernity.</p> <p><strong>Keywords</strong>: Lear; Quijote; dichotomies; alienation; tradition; innovation</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Maria de Jesus Crespo Relvas Copyright (c) 2019 The Grove - Working Papers on English Studies Thu, 24 Oct 2019 00:54:52 +0000 Michael Davies, 2017. Legal English Language Skills For Lawyers. A Practical Guide to Working in English for Legal Professionals Ana Almagro Esteban Copyright (c) 2019 The Grove - Working Papers on English Studies Thu, 24 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Eroulla Demetriou and José Ruiz Mas. 2018. English Travel Accounts on Cyprus (1960-2004). The Journey to Europe <p>---</p> Burcu Gülüm Tekin Copyright (c) 2019 The Grove - Working Papers on English Studies Thu, 24 Oct 2019 01:08:06 +0000 Notes for Contributors Copyright (c) 2019 The Grove - Working Papers on English Studies Thu, 24 Oct 2019 02:30:10 +0000 Poem “Untitled”, by David Swartz Copyright (c) 2019 The Grove - Working Papers on English Studies Thu, 24 Oct 2019 00:00:00 +0000