Date of Award

Fall 12-15-2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)




College of Humanities and Fine Arts

First Advisor

Kate Faber Oestreich


When I was in elementary school most of the books that I voluntarily read featured female characters. Part of the reason was that it was expected of me and those books (about girls/women) were the ones recommended to me. Another part was that female characters were the ones I could most closely relate to. They gave me ideas about what it is to be a woman, and subtly led me to approach the question of what kind of woman I wanted to be. It took me years to really pick up on the stereotypes and recurring female characters, and it is only recently that I began to realize how detrimental these stereotypes are. The fiction included in my portfolio are responses based on my question: what does literature tell us about women and their "place" in the patriarchal world? More specifically, where do women fit in a heteronormative society, in a world where men are the traditional rulers of the overall system?