Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Cornered
by Howard, Kat, M.F.A., Mills College, 2013, 7; 1551686
Abstract (Summary)

'Cornered' interrogates woman's relationship to the domestic space, themes of the gothic, and the haunting dependence that some women have with the home, historically and even in the present. To articulate this idea, Kat used her own writing combined with language from the diaries of the Brontë sisters, as a lens through which to explore the woman whose home and most intimate surroundings are the very instruments of the imprisonment of her mind, body and personhood.

The Brontë sisters wrote wildly imaginative stories, while their real lives were restricted and controlled by their father. How is this struggle towards duality represented in the secret spaces of the home, in the language of the walls, corners, doorways and other charged locations? By interrogating this relationship, Kat can use it as a metaphor to explore the line between public and private, where that line is, and when it is blurred. The Brontës frequently turned towards their intimate surroundings as a metaphor for emotions and feelings that they were forbidden to express outright in the home. Many aspects of the self are buried in this landscape. Kat is interested in excavating these sites, to uncover what is obstructed behind the façade, to remove the myth of an idealized home, and examine what lingers.

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Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Walkup, Kathleen, Tran, Truong
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School: Mills College
Department: English
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Fine arts, British and Irish literature
Keywords: Book art, Bronte, Anne, Bronte, Charlotte, Bronte, Emily, English literature, Original artwork, Poetry, Textile art
Publication Number: 1551686
ISBN: 978-1-303-70180-1
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