Date of Award

2004

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts Honours

School

School of Language and Literature

Faculty

Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Dr Susan Ash

Abstract

This thesis analyses Ursula Le Guin's interpretation of gender and genre in her Earthsea novels, A Wizarf of Earthsea (1968) and Teha1111 (1990). Examining Le Guin's assertion for the need to "re-vision" her former work with the latter, I interrogate the ways in which she attempts to "break free" from the ideologies that impose themselves upon her work. Part one explores the mode of the hero quest used in A Wizard of Earthsea and examines the significance of this in terms of "gendering" the text. Part two examines the revisioned text Tehanu and the ways in which the author challenges the discourse of the hero quest. I suggest that Le Guin's attempts to revise the universalist assumptions of her early novel through her "feminist" text are hampered by its failure to recognise itself as operating within a hegemonic and ultimately restrictive mode of thought.

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