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dc.contributor.authorKlick, Donna M.
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-07T22:18:56Z
dc.date.available2021-09-07T22:18:56Z
dc.date.issued8/8/2003
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12648/6344
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dc.description.abstractThis thesis project discusses the literary work of Margaret Atwood, specifically highlighting Alias Grace (1996), Cat's Eye (1989), and The Handmaid's Tale (1986). As part of the discussion, the project considers Michel Foucault's theories on how power and discourse shape the individual and Sigmund Freud's work on how repetition aids an individual in obtaining power, and argues that Atwood’s female protagonists are not only shaped by their imagined environments but are liberated from the oppression within them. Given the focus on female protagonists and how they may liberate themselves, the research also considers Peter Brooks' work with regard to open-ended narratives in order to assess if these protagonists realize their quest for liberation. The study is broken into five chapters, dedicating separate chapters to the discussion of each novel noted above, with both introductory framework and conclusions at the close of the project. The conclusive comments draw attention to the author’s intent to challenge the reader to understand the societal commentary infused in the literature and to think about the question, “What if?”
dc.subjectMargaret Atwood
dc.subjectFreud
dc.subjectFoucault
dc.subjectPeter Brooks
dc.subjectFemale Protagonists
dc.subjectLiberation
dc.subjectGender
dc.titleOpen Endings and Questionable Liberation in Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace, Cat 's Eye, and The Handmaid's Tale
dc.typethesis
refterms.dateFOA2021-09-07T22:18:56Z
dc.description.institutionSUNY Brockport
dc.description.departmentEnglish
dc.description.degreelevelMaster of Arts (MA)
dc.source.statuspublished
dc.description.publicationtitleEnglish Master’s Theses
dc.contributor.organizationThe College at Brockport
dc.languate.isoen_US


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