First Advisor

Brenda Glascott

Date of Award

Fall 2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

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

Department

English

Language

English

Subjects

Stephenie Meyer (1973- ). Twilight saga -- Criticism and interpretation, Sex role in literature, Gender identity in literature, Feminism in lterature

DOI

10.15760/honors.978

Abstract

This thesis explores Bella’s perceptions of femininity, virtue, and gender roles within Twilight, with a focus on the feminist stance that Bella takes as the narrator. Through a close reading, I explore traditional gender roles, the internalized maternal roles of wife and mother, and the externalized judgements that Bella expresses. Her relationships with those around her, and most importantly Edward, are judged by her internalized concepts of gender politics. Through the examination of previous literature and the close reading of the core text, I argue that Bella both embodies and rejects traditional femininity.

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Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/34571

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