Sinister Spaces: Liminality and the Southern Ontario Gothic in Margaret Atwood's Fiction

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dc.contributor.advisor Purdham, Medrie Bartz-Edge, Cara Diane 2012-08-30T14:50:14Z 2012-08-30T14:50:14Z 2012-03
dc.description A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in English, University of Regina. iv, 117 l. en_US
dc.description.abstract Margaret Atwood’s works are undoubtedly influenced by her academic training in Gothic and Victorian fiction. However, she also incorporates the influences of Southern Ontario – her backyard – and its regional subgenre of Southern Ontario Gothic. While traditional Gothic certainly incorporates binaries, Michael Hurley, the scholar at the forefront of the discussion of this unique subgenre, suggests that characters within this subgenre are entrapped in the liminal spaces created not simply by the meeting of seeming opposites, but at the points where their boundaries are blurred. Atwood’s fiction represents these liminal spaces; however, she provides options for a hopeful ending by providing her characters a means to escape their entrapment. Her characters must attempt to navigate the artificial representations of wilderness by society, examine the fluid boundary between life and death as morts-vivants, and attempt to resolve the separation of their identities into self and other by confessing the ghosts of their pasts. These spaces may appear to be terrifying and confusing due to these seeming opposites, but by accepting both sides, rather than trying to extricate one from the other, Atwood’s characters have the opportunity to learn about themselves and at once, calm the fear of the region. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Regina en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Atwood, Margaret, 1939- --Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Gothic fiction (Literary genre), Canadian
dc.subject.lcsh Ontario, Southern--In literature
dc.subject.lcsh Liminality in literature
dc.title Sinister Spaces: Liminality and the Southern Ontario Gothic in Margaret Atwood's Fiction en_US
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.authorstatus Student en
dc.description.peerreview yes en Master of Arts (MA) en_US Master's en English en_US University of Regina en Department of English en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Johnston, Susan
dc.contributor.committeemember MacDonald, Alex
dc.contributor.externalexaminer Roy, Wendy J.
dc.identifier.tcnumber TC-SRU-3534

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