Abstract: In Science Fiction, readers get to know the role of women in correspondence with men and then contemplate their relationships. The relationship can come from everyday life or as a relation in a job and it can also be derived from our mentality and society. It is common that all these relationships develop a higher level in meaning in Science Fiction.
In the two short stories "His Vegetable Wife" and "Stable Strategies for Middle Management" we get to know the role of a traditional woman and a modern woman in comparison to men, but in a more scientific way. We also get to know a society without a distinction between women and men in The Left Hand of Darkness. In the film Splice we will see the twisted way of a woman transforming into a man and what this kind of evolution means for the woman-man relationship. All these plots show different kinds of male and female relations in Science Fiction. The relationships can differ from each other but they can also have similarities or even have their origin in the Oedipus complex and the Elektra complex. Keywords: Science Fiction, relationship man-woman, Oedipus complex, Electra complex, feminismPublished: 04.01.2013; Views: 1463; Downloads: 79 Full text (505,39 KB)
Abstract: The purpose of my diploma thesis is to critically analyse feminism and aspects of feminism in different literary sources. The focus of this paper will be on two works by Frances Hodgson Burnett (A Little Princess and The Secret Garden) and on Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. I will provide a short description of life in England and in the United States of America in the 19th century and explain the concept of an orphan. The thesis will also include entries from the journals and letters by young orphans, conveying their life stories. Special attention is paid to the definition of feminism and feminist theories from the perspectives of these two particular authors. All three novels could raise the question of female identity. The concept of woman has always been regarded as inferior to that of man regardless of the area. The main character's increasing wish of being free, accepted and loved is one of the main topics in the works at hand. Ultimately, each heroine's story showcases her power and dignity, not only as a woman, but as an independent person in a harsh world.Keywords: Frances Hodgson Burnett, Charlotte Bronte, feminism, feminist research, orphan, children's literaturePublished: 23.09.2016; Views: 407; Downloads: 23 Full text (1,07 MB)
Abstract: Madness has always fascinated as well as frightened people, which is why its mysterious and indefinite essence has served as an inexhaustible source of inspiration to authors in novels, poetry and plays, and has personified itself in the works of artists. Madness has been an important theme in drama, since it mystified and excited the writers of tragedies as long ago as in Ancient Greece, whereas it entered the British world of drama with the same intensity at the time of its greatest creativity and has remained there ever since. Although it has subsided for a while in certain periods of time, it has never completely diminished into oblivion. Towards the end of the 20th century it resurfaced and regained its importance as an indispensable way of expression of the younger generation of playwrights, which shocked audience and critics alike. The thesis analyses different manifestations of alleged madness and examines how the understanding of irrational behaviour changed through centuries. It questions if diagnosis of the same mental disturbance differed whether the patient was a woman or a man. It further on analyses what kind of treatment was considered to be the most appropriate in a certain time and age. The purpose of this thesis is to examine the representations of (alleged) female madness in the plays of Sarah Daniels.Keywords: madness, drama, women writers, gender, feminismPublished: 20.10.2016; Views: 495; Downloads: 59 Full text (883,11 KB)