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Breaking the Silence: Feminist Perspectives on Power and Language in The Handmaid's Tale
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Bryta tystnaden : Feministiska perspektiv på makt och språk i Tjänarinnans berättelse (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The focus of this essay is on the power that language has on the individual, the protagonist and anti-heroine of the novel, related to her use of language – her storytelling. How does she resist and break through the oppressive linguistic, psychic and social prohibitions of systematized discourse through her narrative?  The essay, exploring the protagonist’s relationship to language, attempts to explain the way power works, and how language makes this possible. The protagonist's story is analyzed using various feminist ideas on the female voice.  Through a close reading of the novel, this essay tries out a theoretical account by which the protagonist of the novel comes to internalize the suppression and restriction of her speech and thereafter overcomes the taboo of Handmaid speech, focusing on how the first-person narrator delivers her story.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 32
Keywords [en]
Narration, Authorship, Sexuality, Desire, Resistance, Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-151086OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-151086DiVA, id: diva2:1241692
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Engelska, examensarbete för kandidatexamen
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Available from: 2018-08-24 Created: 2018-08-24 Last updated: 2018-08-27Bibliographically approved

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