The Narrator and Gender

We get many character introductions that are compiled of names and genders (Simon is man, Mrs. Madeline Savoy, the woman Pavla on the bus), but if Mrs. Savoy hadn’t said “She is new here” on the third page of Event Factory, the narrator’s gender would be unknown; or at least almost impossible to decipher. I’m wondering why Gladman decided to do this: make a point of making other characters’ genders known, but underplaying the narrator’s own gender. Since the narrator does not seem to know why she is in Ravicka and since she does not make her past known to us, the only solid part of her identity that we can grasp is her gender. However, the lack of focus on the narrator’s gender makes it difficult, at least for me, to see it as an important part of her identity. This makes me feel detached from the narrator, as concrete parts of her identity have not really been established. Who is she, and why should I be interested in her?

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