Date of Award

3-1-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English and University Honors

Department

English

First Advisor

Susan Reese

Subjects

Gender identity in the theater, Marina Carr (1964- ) Low in the Dark, Theater of the absurd

DOI

10.15760/honors.668

Abstract

Low in the Dark by Irish playwright Marina Carr is an absurdist play that focuses heavily on concepts of gender as performance. It does so mainly through role-playing scenes in which two same-gender characters reenact a heterosexual relationship. These scenes can be tied to Marie-Laure Ryan’s conceptions of the four kinds of alternative possible worlds (APWs) within possible worlds theory: fantasy, wish, obligation, and knowledge. An analysis of the play’s role-playing scenes in conjunction with Judith Butler’s gender performativity theory and these four types of APW reveals the constructed-ness of gender norms within the work, which further calls into question a strictly policed gender binary both in the world of the text and our own world.

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/27954

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