Title

A Feminist Analysis of Shirley Jackson's "Hangsaman" and "We Have Always Lived in the Castle"

Date of Award

12-1-1988

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

Abstract

This thesis consists of three chapters. The first is a review of selected existing criticism about Shirley Jackson’s work. The criticism is analyzed from a feminist perspective in order t o illustrate three things: (1) The overall shortcomings of criticism that aims to universalize Jackson’s work. (2) The unjust treatment, or rather act of treatment, that Jackson has received from the academy. (3) The agenda that will be followed in the rest of the thesis.

The remaining two chapters analyze two of Jackson’s novels,Hangman (1951) and We have Always Lived in the Castle (1962), from a feminist perspective, using various feminist critics. Among these are: Héléne Cixous, Luce Irigaray, Jane Gallop, Bonnie Zimmerman, Catherine Simpson, Shoshana Felman, Annette Kolodny, and Toril Moi.

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