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Abstract

In this thesis I combine theory and literature to explore facets of identity such as lesbian, butch, femme, and transgender, in an attempt to demonstrate that it is possible to expose the fiction of and fault lines in our dichotomous subject/object world. Radclyffe Hall's The Well of Loneliness and Leslie Feinberg's Stone Butch Blues are excellent literary examples of the anti-subject/object theories of postmodernist Judith Butler and psychoanalyst Teresa Brennan. Hall and Feinberg illustrate the ways in which lesbians and transgendered persons are othered by subjects and the ways in which they resist that othering. Hall and Feinberg also illuminate possibilities which the theories cannot quite grasp, such as how to dismantle our current oppressive systems of living and create a world without dichotomous subject/object being, thinking, and living.

Year of Submission

1997

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Department of Philosophy and World Religions

First Advisor

Susan E. Hill, Chair, Thesis Committee

Date Original

5-1997

Object Description

1 PDF file (v, 91 pages)

Language

EN

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application/pdf

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