Keywords

Cyborgs, Feminist theory, Technology and women, Woolf, Virginia -- 1882-1941 -- Room of one's own

Abstract

In this dissertation, I analyze the 20th century text, A Room of One’s Own, by Virginia Woolf (2005), and I engage with Woolf’s concept of a woman’s need for a room of her own in which she can be free to think for herself, study, write, or pursue other interests away from the oppression of patriarchal societal expectations and demands. Through library-based research, I identify four screens in Woolf’s work through which she viewed and critiqued culture, and I use these screens to reconceptualize “a room of one’s own” in 21st Century terms. I determine that the new “room” is intimately and intricately technological and textual and it is reformulated in the digital spaces of blogs, social media, and Web sites. Further, I introduce the new concept of the technologized politically embodied cyborg, or TPEC, and examine the ways 21st Century TPECs are shaping U.S. culture in progressive ways.

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Graduation Date

2010

Semester

Fall

Advisor

Bowdon, Melody

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

College

College of Arts and Humanities

Department

English--Texts and Technology

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0003500

URL

http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/CFE0003500

Language

English

Release Date

June 2014

Length of Campus-only Access

3 years

Access Status

Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)

Subjects

Arts and Humanities -- Dissertations, Academic, Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Humanities

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