Term of Award

Summer 2009

Degree Name

Master of Arts in English (M.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Department

Department of Literature and Philosophy

Committee Chair

Candy B. K. Schille

Committee Member 1

Richard Flynn

Committee Member 2

Caren Town

Abstract

This paper concerns the attempt of the main character in The Penelopiad, Penelope, to create an intimate relationship with her reader. The failed relationships from Penelope’s childhood and early adulthood are examined. The paper then moves to a discussion of her creation of an intimate bond with her favorite maids and her consequent betrayal of them. The distance which exists among characters is also discussed.

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