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“AM I STILL LOST?”: CULTIVATING COMPLEX IDENTITIES AND SUBJECTIVITY IN 20th-CENTURY WOMEN'S WRITING ON MADNESS

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Title:
“AM I STILL LOST?”: CULTIVATING COMPLEX IDENTITIES AND SUBJECTIVITY IN 20th-CENTURY WOMEN'S WRITING ON MADNESS
Physical Description:
Book
Language:
English
Creator:
McCormick, Molly
Publisher:
New College of Florida
Place of Publication:
Sarasota, Fla.
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Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Bachelor's ( B.A.)
Degree Grantor:
New College of Florida
Degree Divisions:
Humanities
Area of Concentration:
English
Faculty Sponsor:
Wallace, Miriam

Subjects

Genre:
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, territorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
This thesis examines the role “madness” plays in the works of three contemporary female writers: Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea, Anne Sexton's To Bedlam and Part Way Back, and Hannah Weiner's Clairvoyant Journal. I argue against reading these texts in such a way that would oversimplify portrayals of female madness as mere “metaphor” or else medicalizes them to the extent that text can be read as a symptom. I point to ways the three texts specifically address and resist such limiting readings in order to reclaim and maintain voice and control over experience. Insisting on the power of voice and memory, Wide Sargasso Sea's Antoinette resists her husband's attempts to lock her away and rename her “Bertha,” an inarticulate madwoman. Sexton experiments with the lyric “I” of poetic tradition as her speakers explore the unusual and confining space of the asylum. Weiner's poetry documents Weiner's claimed experience of “clairvoyance,” that is, seeing words/voices appear before her and upon her. Each of these texts, I argue, creates a first person subject who adopts a multifaceted approach to identity and experience that maintains the subject's voice as it is continually being defined by outside sources.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Molly McCormick
Thesis:
Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2014
General Note:
RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
General Note:
This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida Libraries, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
General Note:
Faculty Sponsor: Wallace, Miriam

Record Information

Source Institution:
New College of Florida
Holding Location:
New College of Florida
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Resource Identifier:
Classification:
S.T. 2014 M4367
System ID:
AA00024773:00001

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