The Riddle of Turandot
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Faculty of Arts
Dr Susan Ash
Dr Andrew Taylor
This thesis consists of two parts. Part One is a novel (The Riddle of Turandot), whose
central character is a fifty-five year-old-woman and Part Two is an essay entitled The Representation of Older Women in Contemporary Fiction.
Feminist theorists argue that it is difficult if not impossible to represent feminine subjectivity within the constraints of a phallocentric language. In my essay I will show that the fictional portrayal of older women is even more problematic in view of ageist attitudes inherent in Western society and directed primarily at women. In fact older women rarely appear in contemporary novels - except as caricatures.
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Buttsworth, L. (1998). The Riddle of Turandot. Retrieved from http://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses/1680