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標題: Women's Subversion of Men's Womb Envy in The Handmaid's Tale
作者: Chang, Yi-yun
關鍵字: womb envy;子宮歆羨;Antonio Gramsci;Cixous;ecriture feminine;葛蘭西;西蘇;陰性書寫
出版社: 外國語文學系
In this thesis, I intend to examine the phenomenon of womb envy in Gilead in The Handmaid's Tale and how women challenge men with womb envy. Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale discusses the relationship between power and individuals and the importance of language. Many critics also discuss the same topic in this novel. In this thesis, I intend to reexamine this interesting topic from another angle to complement what the previous critics have already discussed. I will discuss why men desire to hold power and refuse women to share it. First of all, in Chapter One, I will utilize the concept of womb envy to illuminate that there are several clues to disclose men's psychological state that is related to what Eva Feder Kittay says about womb envy. Because of womb envy, men long to have power alone. Secondly, in my Chapter Two, I will elaborate on how men rationalize their cruel behavior and how men persuade women to accept their rules with the theory of hegemony by Antonio Gramsci. Finally, In Chapter Three, I would apply Hélène Cixous's ecriture feminine to discuss Offred's struggle with Gilead. Through these discussions, I will resolve the question of why men control women, how they practice their patriarchal rules, and how women escape from imprisonment.

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