• ISSN: Print ISSN: 2382-6282; E-ISSN: 2972-3108 (under registration)
    • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Lang. Lit. Linguist.
    • Frequency: Quarterly 
    • DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL
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IJLLL 2021 Vol.7(2): 81-85 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2021.7.2.291

Reader Response to Feminism in Elizabeth Gilbert‘s Eat, Pray, Love

Wu Shuangnan
Abstract—This study is about reader response to feminism in Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert (2006). The topic is analysed under the guidance of reader-response theory proposed by Louise Rosenblatt. The objectives of this study are twofold: first, to collect related readers’ response to feminism on the Goodreads website, one of the biggest and most famous book review websites worldwide; secondly, to discuss readers’ underpinning views towards feminism and their expectation for women in the 21st century. This paper seizes on qualitative research. The primary data of this study is gleaned from the Goodreads website. Other sources of data include literary works, book rating websites and news reports. The conclusion is that feminism is deemed as self-indulgence or a kind of self-discovery by different readers and such fact reflects, to some extent, what people expect for women in the 21st century.

Index Terms—Eat, pray, love, feminism, reader response.

Wu Shuangnan is with the School of Humanity, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, China (e-mail: shuangnanuk@gmail.com).

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Cite:Wu Shuangnan, "Reader Response to Feminism in Elizabeth Gilbert‘s Eat, Pray, Love," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 81-85, 2021.

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