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Negotiating the boundaries of gender : construction and representation of women in the work of Michael Ondaatje

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Negotiating the boundaries of gender : construction and representation of women in the work of Michael Ondaatje

Emmerson, Shannon (1997) Negotiating the boundaries of gender : construction and representation of women in the work of Michael Ondaatje. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This study is a theoretical and text-based exploration of Michael Ondaatje's construction and representation of female characters in four fictional works: The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, Coming Through Slaughter, In the Skin of a Lion, and The English Patient. The primary focus is on the demarcating lines or 'boundaries' drawn between male and female characters, which results in the self-consciously incomplete portrayal of the female, in all of these texts. Issues to be addressed include the gendered identification of the author with male, rather than female characters, the difficulties of representing female characters within a masculine discourse, and Ondaatje's chronologically increasing awareness of gender issues within his texts.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > English
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Emmerson, Shannon
Pagination:v, 113 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Dept. of English
Date:1997
Thesis Supervisor(s):Nixon, Nicola
ID Code:412
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:11
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:14
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