Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Karen Jacobs

Second Advisor

Mark Leiderman

Third Advisor

Beverly Weber

Abstract

Suburban studies, particularly with regards to literary analysis, has only recently been recognized as an analytical space in its own right rather than as a peripheral space within urban studies. Through close readings of both Danielle Dutton's S P R A W L and Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides, this essay investigates the ways that the suburb functions as a type of postmodern space, specifically focusing on the implications such space poses for notions of identity, individuality and subjectivity. In this essay, I employ Henri Lefebvre's theory of the production of space, Fredric Jameson's theory of postmodern hyperspace, Deleuze and Guattari's theory of multiplicity, and Marc Augé's theory of non-place to illustrate how this new form of identity is linked with the social character of space which dictates normativized living practices and creates an impetus towards the maintenance of a so-called social homeostasis within the suburban spaces of postmodernity.

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