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Gender and the abject in the symbolic landscapes of Robert Louis Stevenson's “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” and Olive Schreiner's “The Story of an African Farm”


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The literature of the fin de siècle challenged established societal norms through its use of avant-garde literary forms and controversial subject matter. This study will examine the use of landscape metaphors in two major works of fin de siècle literature, Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Olive Schreiner's The Story of an African Farm, in order to reveal how these texts critique and re-vision the social dualities of gender. A wide range of literary theories—including, feminist theory, semiotics, and ecocriticism—are used to interpret these authors' influential narratives. This thesis will also apply Julia Kristeva's theory of the abject—as representing the permeability of the physical and social bodies—to critically examine the literal and metaphorical landscapes of Stevenson's city and Schreiner's farm. Thus, these visionary texts embody an organic and feminist understanding of the self as a permeable social construct that exists free of borders.

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Subject
Modern literature;
African literature;
British and Irish literature;
Gender studies
Classification
0298: Modern literature
0316: African literature
0593: British and Irish literature
0733: Gender studies
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Language, literature and linguistics; Scotland; South Africa
Title
Gender and the abject in the symbolic landscapes of Robert Louis Stevenson's “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” and Olive Schreiner's “The Story of an African Farm”
Author
McAdams, Janine
Number of pages
113
Publication year
2010
Degree date
2010
School code
0119
Source
MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124235370
Advisor
Buckton, Oliver
University/institution
Florida Atlantic University
University location
United States -- Florida
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1486277
ProQuest document ID
753893903
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/753893903
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