Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Eric White

Second Advisor

Elisabeth Arnould-Bloomfield

Third Advisor

Christopher Braider

Abstract

Calling upon a post-structuralist post-humanist account of Angela Carter’s short story “Peter and the Wolf,” it is necessary to take an approach such as this in order to facilitate the articulation of potentiality as well as explore different perspectives through Carter’s use of animals in her “re-tellings.” With this in mind, one can allow her work to flow freely through multiple disciplines and discourses such that, like the animals she writes about, a nomadic feminine subjectivity would be better suited for examining the benefits of its methodological practicality. When re-telling a story from not only a feminine perspective but also one that contains the female figuration as that of a wolf, Carter opens up the feminine subjectivity onto the terrain of Deleuze and Guattari’s ideas on “becoming” and Rosi Braidotti’s nomadic theory. Ultimately this concludes on the matter that the question of the animal itself is one that holds especially imaginative means of critique through difference, rather than in comparison with traditionally “human” means of discourse.

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