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A New Gaea Hypothesis: The Creation of New Feminist Archetypes in the Work of John Varley

Abstract This thesis examines the use of the earth goddess figure in John Varley's Gaean Trilogy (1979-1984). In the figure of Gaea (Varley's alien goddess villain), the reader is presented with a host of popular culture feminine archetypes with connotations connected to the long-standing tradition of associating femininity and materiality, and Varley's literary examination, operating through the exaggeration of these archetypes, displays their essential flaws. The ultimate antagonistic functions of these archetypal figures, relative to the human characters occupying the world underwritten by them, suggests that Varley uses such figural archetypes to deconstruct, via their varied failures, both the archetypes themselves and the evocative... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Pope, Geraldine Katherine (Author) / Lussier, Mark (Advisor) / Sturges, Robert (Committee member) / Cook, Paul (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Literature / Gender studies / Earth Goddess / Gaea / Gaia / John Varley
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 42 pages
Language English
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Note M.A. English 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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