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Drivetime meets Queer Time: The Haunting of Hill House and Eleanor’s Death Drive

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dc.contributor.advisor Thomas, Kate Rodgers, Katie 2019-01-02T21:05:44Z 2019-01-02T21:05:44Z 2018
dc.description.abstract Drives, both literal and metaphorical, come together in The Haunting of Hill House. These drives occur in the car and in the home, two spaces that are symbolically important in terms of women’s independence and freedom, or lack thereof. I argue that the different drives are accompanied by distortions in the perception of time. The distortions are expressed both by the narrator and by Eleanor, the protagonist. Further, I argue that the warpings of time are due to the tension that Eleanor feels. She is torn between guilt, caused by the betrayals of her mother’s values, and the force of her and her newfound sexuality and independence. Eleanor veers between these two parts of herself and her inner conflict results in a catastrophic collision.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of English
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.lcsh Jackson, Shirley, 1916-1965. Haunting of Hill House
dc.subject.lcsh Jackson, Shirley, 1916-1965 -- Criticism and interpretation
dc.subject.lcsh Gender and sexuality in literature
dc.subject.lcsh Motivation (Psychology) in literature
dc.title Drivetime meets Queer Time: The Haunting of Hill House and Eleanor’s Death Drive
dc.type Thesis
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