Clarissa, Narrative, Writing, and the Self

In this section we respond to some of the questions about Clarissa that emerged from our reading and responding. These questions include:

  • Why does Clarissa continue to write to Anna, even when there is little possibility of response?
  • How is Clarissa’s sense of an autonomous and inviolate self reflected in her writing and her need to write?
  • How does writing help Clarissa gain agency in her life?
  • How are issues of authority and authorship entangled in Clarissa’s life?