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Going Beyond the Binary: The body, Sexuality and Identity in Shelley Jackson’s Half Life: a novel
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The thesis focuses on Shelley Jackson’s Half Life: a Novel with efforts directed towards a literary interpretation considering relevant issues within the context of gender and feminist theory. The argument rests upon four basic units: the theoretical framework at the outset, the question of the body next, thirdly an investigation of sexuality, and finally a consideration of identity.

In Jackson’s Half Life: a Novel the non-dualist thinking underlies a deliberate play of dualism. To go beyond the binary, Jackson captures the tension and confusion revealed from the body, sexuality and identity; and therefore this thesis aims to conduct a dynamic discussion on these gender issues to encounter and reconsider the entrenched binary-defined social, cultural and gender norms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 60 p.
Keyword [en]
the body, sexuality, identity, gender and feminist theory
National Category
Social Sciences Gender Studies General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120022ISRN: LIU-IKK/MPLCE-A--12/12--SEOAI: diva2:839728
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Master's Programme in Language and Culture in Europe
2012-09-20, Linköping, 13:34 (English)
Available from: 2015-10-12 Created: 2015-07-04 Last updated: 2015-10-12Bibliographically approved

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