Debunking the stereotype of Rosa Parks as a simple seamstress who unwittingly unleashed the start to the Civil Rights movement, this paper explores some eulogies delivered at her funeral to see how the almost mythological narrative about her merges with the narrative of her as a real person embodying the oxymoron of physical smallness and iconic greatness. The negotiation for social recognition that Parks’ example sparked in 1955 is presented in terms of the representation of space in the eulogies.

On the representation of body and space in the eulogies for Rosa Parks

Cristina Arizzi
2021-01-01

Abstract

Debunking the stereotype of Rosa Parks as a simple seamstress who unwittingly unleashed the start to the Civil Rights movement, this paper explores some eulogies delivered at her funeral to see how the almost mythological narrative about her merges with the narrative of her as a real person embodying the oxymoron of physical smallness and iconic greatness. The negotiation for social recognition that Parks’ example sparked in 1955 is presented in terms of the representation of space in the eulogies.
Rosa Parks
African American
Eulogy
Space
Body
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