Present Women/Absent Men in Siri Hustvedt’s The Summer without Men (2011)

Britta Bein


This article analyzes how Siri Hustvedt’s protagonist Mia Fredricksen in the novel The Summer without Men (2011) falls ill from the absence of her husband and men in general and how the presence of women helps her to cope with her illness. Mia’s illness is seen as a postmodern crisis that must be dealt with by means of narrative expression.


Illness; Gender; Postmodernism; Narrative Medicine; Identity; Crisis

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