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The Fiction of Choice

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Material Information

Title: The Fiction of Choice Abortion Plots, Gender and Patriarchy in Four Twentieth-Century Texts
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Ward-Lichterman, Merode "Mem"
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2008
Publication Date: 2008

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Abortion
Gender Criticism
Atwood, Margaret
Brautigan, Richard
Didion, Joan
Stillitoe, Alan
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: One in five pregnancies ends in abortion in the United States today. In an effort to better understand abortion as a sociopolitical issue, I engage in this thesis with four works of literature in which an abortion features prominently: Play It As It Lays (1970) by American author Joan Didion and Surfacing (1972) by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958) by British author Alan Sillitoe and The Abortion: An Historical Romance, 1966 (1971) by American author Richard Brautigan. Through the lens of a gender criticism which incorporates poststructuralism, new historicism, psychoanalysis and feminist theory, my analysis of these four texts explores the complex relationship between abortion, gender, and the nature of patriarchy�that nebulous system which oppresses everyone in our society (regardless of sex) and in the perpetuation of which the vast majority of us are complicit. I find that these texts reveal true reproductive freedom and choice to be an impossibility in our culture as it stands, and the need for a radical restructuring of our society. I also theorize about the role literary analysis can play in dismantling the patriarchal discourse that produces and reproduces institutionalized oppression.
Statement of Responsibility: by Merode "Mem" Ward-Lichterman
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2008
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, 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.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Wallace, Miriam

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Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2008 W2
System ID: NCFE004037:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE004037/00001

Material Information

Title: The Fiction of Choice Abortion Plots, Gender and Patriarchy in Four Twentieth-Century Texts
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Ward-Lichterman, Merode "Mem"
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2008
Publication Date: 2008

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Abortion
Gender Criticism
Atwood, Margaret
Brautigan, Richard
Didion, Joan
Stillitoe, Alan
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: One in five pregnancies ends in abortion in the United States today. In an effort to better understand abortion as a sociopolitical issue, I engage in this thesis with four works of literature in which an abortion features prominently: Play It As It Lays (1970) by American author Joan Didion and Surfacing (1972) by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958) by British author Alan Sillitoe and The Abortion: An Historical Romance, 1966 (1971) by American author Richard Brautigan. Through the lens of a gender criticism which incorporates poststructuralism, new historicism, psychoanalysis and feminist theory, my analysis of these four texts explores the complex relationship between abortion, gender, and the nature of patriarchy�that nebulous system which oppresses everyone in our society (regardless of sex) and in the perpetuation of which the vast majority of us are complicit. I find that these texts reveal true reproductive freedom and choice to be an impossibility in our culture as it stands, and the need for a radical restructuring of our society. I also theorize about the role literary analysis can play in dismantling the patriarchal discourse that produces and reproduces institutionalized oppression.
Statement of Responsibility: by Merode "Mem" Ward-Lichterman
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2008
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, 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.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Wallace, Miriam

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2008 W2
System ID: NCFE004037:00001

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