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Beth Ann Fennelly
This thesis explores themes of monstrosity in Maria Dahvana Headley's novel The Mere Wife in connection with issues of women's bodies and feminism. It analyzes prominent female characters in the novel and the relationships of their bodies to patriarchal authority, showing how and why bodies are deemed monstrous. It discusses the role that motherhood plays in patriarchal society, as well as explores alternatives that the novel offers to this system.
Bonvillain, Claire M., ""Monsters in Suburbia": Women's Bodies, Monstrosity, and Motherhood in The Mere Wife" (2020). Honors Theses. 1577.
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