In Search of Female Self in Margaret Atwood's Surfacing

碩士 === 淡江大學 === 西洋語文研究所 === 82 === With Surfacing published in 1972, Atwood seemed to become the representative of women and Canadianness in Canadian cultural realm. In this novel, Atwood analyzes how women have lost their true self in the...

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Main Authors: Mei-hwa Hung, 洪美華
Other Authors: Chang-fang Chen
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Language:en_US
Published: 1994
Online Access:http://ndltd.ncl.edu.tw/handle/79624410461211621541
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spelling ndltd-TW-082TKU001540192016-02-08T04:06:32Z http://ndltd.ncl.edu.tw/handle/79624410461211621541 In Search of Female Self in Margaret Atwood's Surfacing 艾特伍德浮生錄中女性自我的追尋 Mei-hwa Hung 洪美華 碩士 淡江大學 西洋語文研究所 82 With Surfacing published in 1972, Atwood seemed to become the representative of women and Canadianness in Canadian cultural realm. In this novel, Atwood analyzes how women have lost their true self in the patriarchal society. In addition, Atwood also problematizes the ambivalent definition of Canadian identity in the period of postcolonialism. In this thesis, I explore the female protagonist's quest for self in terms of the double-voiced discourse. The dominant and explicit narrative is the search for the patriarchal voice. As a matter of fact, the female protagonist undertakes a spiritual journey in search of her oppressed identity and power in the male-dominant society. In the pilgrimage inward, the protagonist experiences the symbolic "submersion," "ascension," and "surfacing." She gradually separates herself from the restraint of civilization. In the wilderness, the female protagonist reintegrates her divided self which was split by the masculine authority. Besides, in terms of Atwood's criticism Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature, the female protagonist transcends the boundary of positions between victims and oppressors and confronts the power politics of society with a new perspective. Chang-fang Chen 陳長房 1994 學位論文 ; thesis 91 en_US
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description 碩士 === 淡江大學 === 西洋語文研究所 === 82 === With Surfacing published in 1972, Atwood seemed to become the representative of women and Canadianness in Canadian cultural realm. In this novel, Atwood analyzes how women have lost their true self in the patriarchal society. In addition, Atwood also problematizes the ambivalent definition of Canadian identity in the period of postcolonialism. In this thesis, I explore the female protagonist's quest for self in terms of the double-voiced discourse. The dominant and explicit narrative is the search for the patriarchal voice. As a matter of fact, the female protagonist undertakes a spiritual journey in search of her oppressed identity and power in the male-dominant society. In the pilgrimage inward, the protagonist experiences the symbolic "submersion," "ascension," and "surfacing." She gradually separates herself from the restraint of civilization. In the wilderness, the female protagonist reintegrates her divided self which was split by the masculine authority. Besides, in terms of Atwood's criticism Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature, the female protagonist transcends the boundary of positions between victims and oppressors and confronts the power politics of society with a new perspective.
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