Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
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.
Smith, Lacey N., "Non-Subjects and Post-Individuals: The Negotiation of Identity in the Postmodern American Suburb" (2012). Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 19.