Title page for ETD etd-11282012-040014

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Dorsett, Margaret H.
URN etd-11282012-040014
Title Fall Line :a work in progress
Degree Master of Arts
Department English
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Gardner, Thomas M. Committee Chair
Fowler, Virginia C. Committee Member
Giovanni, Nikki Committee Member
Hatfield, Leonard L. Committee Member
Salvaggio, Ruth Committee Member
  • Western stories
Date of Defense 1989-05-05
Availability restricted

An experimental novel, based on the critical theories of Jacques Lacan and Helena Cixous, which explores the exclusion of women from the cultural ideal, and their redefinition as cultural "others" in Western American Society.

The novel incorporates three separate narratives: two first person narratives (Paula Tjunic and Kate Hargrove) and one third person narrative. The two first person narratives examine entire lifetimes. The third person narrative recounts one night in a bar. The first person narratives are written in opposing columns, and are designed in blocks and gaps so that each character can be heard separately, and the reader can interact with the text as a third cultural "other.”

A short examination of the theories of cultural "other" in relation to women in the American West, is included in the preface of the novel.

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