Foreign Languages & Literatures ETDs

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I had begun to re-read Giraudoux for pleasure, remembering that when I was first introduced to his works in class, I had been impressed by the quality of the heroines he presented. Upon second reading of his theatre, I was struck by the fact that his heroines did not serve in a complementary role to the hero, as so often is the case, but were presented as entities of their own. Because there is a revolution taking place in our culture over the role of woman, I thought that it would be interesting to investigate Giraudoux's concept of woman. In so doing I discovered that Giraudoux's conception of woman goes beyond her social role and delves into the primordia meaning of woman, in which woman becomes the female principle not as a passive agent but an active one. Woman becomes the subject instead of the object.

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Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

First Committee Member (Chair)

Ernest Truett Book

Second Committee Member

Jack Kolbert

Third Committee Member

Claude-Marie Senninger