Master of Arts
Judy Halebsky, PhD
Thomas Burke, MFA
Amy Wong, PhD
This thesis explores the post-colonial notion of the Other as an iteration of the broader cultural tendency to make meaning via binary opposition. The study of Wide Sargasso Sea, Infidels, and At Swim Two Boys reveals the connective thread of empire and subjugation that transcends time and place. Furthermore, I examine the various attempts of characters to resist this reality by creating an alternate space within the dominant culture. My interest lies in exploring the ways in which various markers of identity form the “self,” and consequently how characters attempt to gain agency and fully realize identity despite marginalization and disenfranchisement. Examining the various modes of Othering necessarily expands the project into a consideration of larger questions of subjugation based on race, class, gender, and sexuality. As this study reveals, the quest for identity and agency amid a culture of repression remains a timeless struggle.
Bowers, Kelly, "Broken Mirrors: Iterations of the Other in the Post-Colonial Novel" (2021). Master of Arts in Humanities | Master's Theses. 14.