Date of Award

January 2016

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English and Theatre

First Advisor

Jill Parrott

Department Affiliation

English and Theatre

Second Advisor

Erin Presley

Department Affiliation

English and Theatre

Third Advisor

Tom Butler

Department Affiliation

English and Theatre

Abstract

A study of The Color Purple and Possessing the Secret of Joy as they relate to cultural disassembly and the relationship to missionaries from Western cultures. Some focus is placed on Alice Walker's views on female genital mutilation and how that was impacted by Christian viewpoints. Theoretical perspectives from Homi Bhabha and Chandra Mohanty emphasize the role of so-called "third world women" in world politics and feminism.

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