Open Access Thesis
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
Master of Arts
Department of Philosophy and World Religions
Susan E. Hill, Chair, Thesis Committee
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©1997 Laura Ellen Goetz
Goetz, Laura Ellen, "Drowning in loneliness and writing the blues: Creating lesbian space in the novels of Radclyffe Hall and Leslie Feinberg" (1997). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 784.