Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2009

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Kathleen Hickok

Abstract

In the foreword to her 2003 novel Love, Toni Morrison states that love and betrayal are coexisting themes within her works. Investigating these themes further, this thesis aims to explore the influences of heterosexuality on Morrison's female characters by applying feminist psychoanalytic theory to Love. Specifically, the characters Heed the Night, Christine, and Junior are analyzed. Within this thesis, family is approached as a microcosmic example of the influences of heterosexuality on the individual. Triangular frameworks within psychoanalytic theory are applied as a framework for analyzing each of the three female characters in terms of heterosexual identity, and for examining the effects of not only gender, but race and class, on identity formation.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-1060

Copyright Owner

Katharine Lynn Fulton

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-29

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

46 pages

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