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URN etd-0729102-153259
Author Wan-li Tsai
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Department Foreign Language and Literature
Year 2001
Semester 2
Degree Master
Type of Document
Language English
Title Lesbianism in Adrienne Rich's Essays and Poetry
Date of Defense 2002-06-28
Page Count 110
Keyword
  • Lesbian Literature
  • Adrienne Rich
  • Lesbianism
  • American Poetry
  • Abstract The purpose of my thesis is to explore lesbianism in Adrienne Rich’s essays and poetry. Rich has earned her reputation as a major American poet and essayist since the 1950s. Most attention has been paid to her extraordinary poems and revolutionary prose. However, the issue of lesbianism has seldom been focused on or fully discussed. Therefore, I would try to present a panoramic view on how lesbianism has been developed in Rich’s works. In the first chapter, I have tried to delineate various definitions of “lesbian”, and formulate my own definition. Besides that, I have also introduced some theoretical perspectives of lesbianism. In the second chapter, the discussion is mainly on Rich’s concepts— “institutionalization of heterosexuality”, “lesbian existence” and “lesbian continuum”—which were brought up in the essay “Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence.” In the third chapter, my aim is to delineate the development of Rich’s lesbian perspective in her poetry. The discussion consists of three parts: the first part covers the revelation of women’s oppression; the second is stressed on the concept of androgyny; the last part will present Rich’s idea that women’s power should be based on close relations among women.
    Advisory Committee
  • Kuang-chung Yu - chair
  • Kai-Ling Liu - co-chair
  • Chung Ling - advisor
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    Date of Submission 2002-07-29

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