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A Blueprint for Women’s Fulfilment: A Reading of Three Novels in the Early Fiction of Margaret Drabble
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2008 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
En väg till kvinnligt självförverkligande : En läsning av tre romanerfrån Margaret Drabbles tidiga verk (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This essay will argue that Margaret Drabble has developed a pattern, that there is a blueprint for fulfilment in the life of the modern independent woman to be found inher early work. Three of Drabble's novels will be examined, moving from The Millstone(1965) and The Waterfall (1967), with their descriptions of two young heroines'pregnancies and lives with infant children, on to the more mature main character of TheRealms of Gold (1975). These three books form a chronology, both in regard to whenthey were written and, more importantly, to the different stages of a woman’s life thatthey represent. This will make it possible to see how Drabble perceives the demands ofsociety and different relationships influencing a woman's actions, her search foridentity, and the direction and fulfilment of her life. The pattern will be traced throughthree themes which are made visible in the novels in varying degrees. These are singlemotherhood and the role of the family, missing husbands and sexual fulfilment, andcareer and social interaction.The method is an analysis of the texts where the selected novels form the basis andstructure of the essay.

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2008. , 31 p.
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Languages and Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-107089ISRN: LIU-IKK/EN-A--08/7--SEOAI: diva2:721727
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Available from: 2014-06-05 Created: 2014-06-04 Last updated: 2014-06-05Bibliographically approved

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